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Our Secret Reef

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For #OC-Challenge's 17th challenge: "UNDERWATER".

So, essentially I hate myself x100000. And really pushed to be able to finish this on time was because I was violently ill all day Wednesday and Thursday, and so highly contagious Friday, and then at the last minute, weekend extension was announced. *FACEPALM* WOW CIRCUMSTANCES YAY.

Anyway, these kidlets (yes, they're all like... six) are my WAY OLD Mary Sue character's babies: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme. They're like, 1/8 Fish Person Mermaid Marean. I should never be allowed to name like, anything. Ever. At all. Lol. My defense: I wrote them when I was sixteen...

Those kids are mine. I don't pretend I did a very good job on the fish.



Things I learned about Gouache while doing this:

:bulletblack: THIS IS AN UNFORGIVING MEDIUM. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY FALSE REPORTS.
:bulletblue: FOR GOD'S SAKE DO NOT PUT SALT ON THE GOUACHE. D8

Also:
Pose-referenced the crap out of this picture. Not that you can probably tell, but that pose became little Sage in the background. <3

Media: Fine liner pens, gouache, AND SALT. 8D FOR EFFECT.
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FlapperFoxy's avatar
Fantastic beautful work!Underwater kiss 
ixris's avatar
:heart: I am glad you enjoyed this piece enough to feature it.  Thank you!  :)
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Colourbrand's avatar
That is excellent artwork my friend!! Love the details of the creatues and the way the scene works :D

Brilliant :D
ixris's avatar
Thank you so much!  :heart:  It was a lot of fun to build and paint.  :)
Colourbrand's avatar
Looks brill! Well done matey :D
LeslieannArt's avatar
this is incredible la in love 
ixris's avatar
:giggle:  Thank you!
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MissMurderFish's avatar
Pretty!!! :heart:

I like the details and everything. I can't stop looking at it.
ixris's avatar
Thank you~! :heart: I really love this piece IRL. In scan, I feel like it loses a lot of love and detail. So I'm glad you can lose yourself in what remains. <3
MissMurderFish's avatar
^.^

Pieces always lose stuff when they're scanned. :( But this is still awesome. I'm glad you like your own piece, too!
DestinieKirby's avatar
Congratulations! You've received an Honorable Mention in :iconoc-challenge:'s Underwater challenge! You can see the winner announcement here: [link]

This deviation has also been featured on my main account here: [link]

Congrats once more and thanks for participating in the challenge! :D
ixris's avatar
:heart:!

Thank you so much! And as always, thank you for running the challenge! ^^
DestinieKirby's avatar
You're very welcome! :aww:
dragonslairnz's avatar
Wowsers. I think this is brilliant!! I just. I can't. Aaaaah.
ixris's avatar
Thank you! n__n Evidently I am learning to be as complicated as possible? Idk~ :heart:
indyana's avatar
Beautiful work, L!


... and now I'm totally thinking about Maia Karium. XD
ixris's avatar
:giggle: I WIN! <3

The whole time I was drawing Thyme up there in the front, I was thinking of the Marean I made for you ages ago. :heart:

But thank you! :hug:
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