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Siren's Lament

By Ironshod
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This new artwork is of a gothic style mermaid. It was inspired by the rugged sea cliffs and gothic connection of Whitby, a small coastal town in the UK. I enjoyed designing the character and setting for this picture. I like to give the hint of a story with many of my artworks and get the viewer thinking. Here I hope it is a little ambiguous. Is the mermaid mourning the loss of these dead sailors? Or has she lured them to their deaths to add to her skull collection!?

I usually paint female characters wearing a little more clothing, but traditionally mermaids don't wear any clothes and I am not a fan of giving them sea shell bikinis and such like. So I have made do with a see-through shawl and some well placed hair ;)

Thanks to *mjranum-stock and model Cordula, for the use of the photograph that I used as reference when painting the figure.
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joeisbackass's avatar

Great work. Got a tapestry of it I bought from DesignToscano. Still can't believe this is on a heavy metal album now (look up Sirenia)

minorfictionbythomas's avatar
Her isolation was an imposed penance...
...not her choice.
She was there to pay the price for her transgressions against her people.
To make good for her sins against the sea.
Not that Amabel had done anything wrong.
Not really.
In fact if her people had been more reasonable, and if their laws had been more just the young siren would have been lauded instead of punished.
Praised...
...instead of persecuted.
She gazed out of the dreary looking harbor, at it's dark grey fog enrobed waters and sighed. 
The verdict of her people, of their elders had only confirmed what she had already come to believe: fear guided far too many of their laws, and that those laws weren't very just. Or very fair.
It wasn't, after all some whalers that she had rescued from the briny deep. Or some fowl mouthed pirates that she had delivered from the ocean's cold remorseless embrace.
They were children.
Sweet, innocent, round faced little children whose eyes and features were no different from the young of her own kind.
She had heard their cries when their ship had hit the reef. She could smell the blood of the dead and the dying upon the waters from miles away.
Hesitation, any hesitation would have signed their death warrants...
...but she didn't hesitate. Not for a moment.
She bundled the three youngsters in her arms and carried them to the nearest shore. She waited out the storm there with them leaving only after first light, only after she heard the band of approaching humans.
As for herself? She was immensely proud of what she had done and she basked in the memory of that precious moment with those dear, sweet little foundlings...
The counsel of elders saw things very differently.
They were enraged, furious that one of their own had acted so shamefully! That a siren had bothered to save even one human was scandalous, that she had saved three was a sin that was almost unforgiveable!
So now she was forced to keep watch on the very rock from which she had plucked the children. Forced to remain amidst what remained of the doomed ships crew, forced to endure whatever fate the next human she met would bestow upon her. They wanted Amabel to learn just how wrong she was. To understand just how merciful was the heart of man really is. Would the first to see her spare her...
...or would they send her to a cruel and terrible oblivion? This was how they justified their actions. This was how they avoided spilling her blood. Chance would be either her savior or her executioner.
She stared mournfully at the ship wreck that still bobbed and swayed on the water's surface.
It wouldn't belong now, as she knew from experience, for the pickers, and salvagers to arrive. It wouldn't be long before the area was swarming with humans each one looking to profit from the sailors misfortune.
It was then that she a the ghost of light, a very dim light appear on the rocky shore.
Her heart beat a little faster.
A little harder.
She watched as the light, slowly but steadily grew brighter in the fog...
...seemed to fade...
...then grow brighter still.
She leaned her weight on her right hand as her ebony hued hair cascaded over her pale and exposed chest.
"Soon..." she whispered. "...soon." 
She stared down at the disembodied skull that bobbed in the water around her.
Her heart sank like an iron anchor had been chained to it.
How, she wondered could any human see her for what she really was, how could anyone see the good within her...
...while she was surrounded by the mire and filth of the grim specter of death?
"Their coming..." she whispered. "Soon...soon..." 
joeisbackass's avatar

Beautiful poetry!

ClaytoneCarpe's avatar
Très réussi ! ^^
Genisc's avatar
Hi!
The picture is very good but I have a question - why all people think sirens were some kind of a mermaid?? Sirens came from Greek mythology and there they're described as half-women half-birds. We have plenty of art, sculptures, etc. depicting them this way.  
I just wanna understand why this image suddenly turned into mermaid-like?
Water-Nebula's avatar
So so beautiful. The little details and the lighting..gah! I can't get enough
AlternateVisions's avatar
Hi there!  ..Did you know about this..?
www.walmart.com/ip/GCKG-Skull-…

If so, congratulations for selling your work n' getting it out there to a wider audience!
But if not.. I hope you go get 'em! ♥♥♥
HammerinInkminer's avatar
...clearly one of the best mermaids I've seen drawn.  it's a beautiful, and haunting image.
luis-GAH's avatar
This is a great work, took me a time to find the source since it's been posted so much all over the place; sometimes without a resolution good enough to read the signature, sometimes with the bottom cropped and all of them without crediting the Artist… 

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Rivkakopp's avatar
Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
SpiritpopAJ's avatar
May I use this art on this page?: animal-jam-clans-1.wikia.com/w…

I will remove it, but if I am allowed I will give due credit! I absolutely love the artwork, but the website is really strict with Art Theft. I wanted to make sure you were alright with me using this picture, with credit.
Mr-Pink-Rose's avatar
Beautiful artwork!!!  And there's more artists who give mermaids the traditional unclothed look than you think.
Tortive's avatar
Didn't the band Sirena use this for an Album art?
xXThe-Ice-ReaperXx's avatar
someone stole your picture and didn't credit you for it

my-glowing-darkness.deviantart…
Agent505's avatar
Someone stole this :
Siren  by SirenHooverBraun845
and their profile page
sirenhooverbraun845.deviantart…
SirenHooverBraun845's avatar
I didn't steal it, I found it on Google and I liked it so I posted it. As you can see in the description it says "I found" NOT "I made"
Agent505's avatar
Yes, and you didn't credit the artist.  This isn't a site about posting 'whatever you find' - it's a site for artists to post their work.
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greenman1952's avatar
WOW - What can I say? Great Job just doesn't seem to be enough.
Love It Clap Winner 
CarlottaStudios's avatar
I am dying to write something inspired by your works!
Anupam1993's avatar
ooohhh wow ... awesome work
Gypsydres's avatar
Saw your work here as Sirenia's latest album cover. Good job. Nicely done :) 
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