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The Little Mermaid

Hi there... it has been a while since I draw something I want.. I have been bussy with all the "empidemic" thing in my country and with commission work... so .. now I decided to take a break and do something for me...

I saw a few days ago on the "daily deviations" a photo of a doll that blow me away!!! and I just loooved the style of the eyes and everything... so... thanks to :iconsassystrawberry: because she took awesome photos from all those dolls and I just loooooved that style... ***PLEASE VISIT HER GALLERY*** I did Ariel in the big dolly eyes style! and colored her in sepia! I hope u like it!!!

*Pencils HB, 3B, 6B
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1392x2205px 3.28 MB
HP pstc5200
Date Taken
May 5, 2009, 1:22:16 PM
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As an artist who also works with traditional pencils and having recently around Christmas Time had a class in college that demanded I use it more. I have to say I personally know what its like to do hair with those strands. While it is hard, it is a lovely reward and I feel she had alot of fun with this work.

I think this is one of the nicer pencil drawing that you have done, you can tell you wanted to do this for you and you really pulled it off.

I looked only briefly at the dolls, but this wonderful and well done and I love her has no one noticed this? Or commented in the critiques. The way the light hits her collarbone and dots her shoulder is fabulously lined up with her hair highlights and is actually quite right. One thing I do agree with is that curl that you see ending just by her seashells should have had more lighting, not just near the shell but on the other side, because thats where the light is hitting.

I love the tinge of pink though I in my tired state failed to notice it until I read critiques! LOL OOPS!

Fantastic piece adn I love her lips, the shinies on her cheek make her seem more doll like and while someone said it was a slightly stiff piece I don't agree. You're drawing her in a style of a doll they are stiffer and plastic or whatever they're made from. My point is fantastic job!

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This is the first full on critique I have given, so I'll be as honest as possible and give the best I have to offer.

Truly a lovely piece, the artist captures the character Ariel of Disney's The Little Mermaid in a new light, in the styling of the ever sweet face of Volks Dollfies. An inspired piece indeed.

The sepia coloring and glistening highlights really add to the drawing's charm, especially the hint of pink in the cheeks, of which gives this drawing more life. Though the highlight on the curled hair seems a bit missplaced. Because of that it throws off my sense of wear exactly the lighting should be. If it was lowered and curved more on the curl where it tapers toward the larger part a little more I think would do the trick. The softness of the hair is a feat in which the artist has drawn in each strand of hair stroke by stroke. But although soft and appealing, it seems a bit stiff, save for the hair flowing outward from the right hand side. Though this could just be the initial style of the artist.

Facially she captured the essence of the dolls iconic face, with the wide set eyes, long eyelashes and the open mouthed (almost pouty) lips, As well as the sweet little nose. However upon looking closely, the nose seems a tad to far to the right, the depth perception seems off on it, but (only) upon longer viewing of the beauteous image. Even so she did the styling of the Volk's dolls justice.

In terms of originality. The over all idea is capital, who wouldn't want an Ariel doll in the Dollfie style? The first to draw a Disney character in the style of a Dollfie (to my knowledge), but not the first to attempt the overall style.

Her technique is wonderful as she is skilled in her pencil work and effective photoshop skills. In which this technique is widely considered one of her best (if not the best) skills.

When it comes to impact, although the style and idea of it all is top notch and quite lovely, it's nothing that evokes my emotions beyond that it's "A beautiful picture to look at" I'd love to have this framed on my wall for casual viewing purposes, but I find no deep feeling that resonates when I see this. It's simply put, a lovely piece of art. Something anyone can look at and say "That is lovely".

A truly beautiful piece.
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How in the world can I eloquently say "simply amazing" in only 100 words?

First off, I love the use of value. It's so hard to find a piece that features it so well as so many artists seem to neglect what I feel is absolutely essential to any work of art. Nor does it overdo it; the differences are perfectly balanced.

The next thing I have to say is the hair is 100% AMAZING. I can only imagine the headache of sketching each individual strand as it seems you have done. You really do have to suffer for your art, and the product is usually well worth it. I almost feel as though I could run my fingers through it; glossier and more radiant than those models in L'oreal commercials.

Another thing I love is that you have the gloss in only the right places, such as the hair and eyes. The skin, dull in comparison, amplifies the effect and portrays it more realistically, even though this is more of a stylized piece.

And the final touch-- that little dash of pink on her cheeks. The monochromatic scheme is well thought out, but I feel this tiny bit of colour really pulls it all together.

Very well done.
madmoiselleclau's avatar
wooow :D it really makes my day to read this awesome critique thanks!
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Aww, you're totally welcome :heart:
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While my favorites are loaded with Ariel fanart, I have to say that this one blew me away! I'm such a fan of Clau's artwork, and I must say this is among one of her best!

Ariel's eyes are just wonderous and almost seductive, which I always thought about Ariel. And the way her lips are positioned is lovely. I can't tell if she's singing, or kissing. The hair looks almost real, like Ariel modeled for a shampoo commercial. And it's cute how it curls in the front like a seashell.

This is a wonderful picture, and I give it <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":thumbsup:" title="Thumbs Up" /> <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":thumbsup:" title="Thumbs Up" />
Keep up the great work!
madmoiselleclau's avatar
you are too sweet!!!! thanks!!!!!
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The best rendition I have ever seen of her. I love this . I love this artwork with Ariel  little mermaid.
CINderELLA7186's avatar
She is simply stunning!
badumc's avatar
I don't know what to say..
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AWESOME! i'm gonna watch you/
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That's it. this is the tipping point. I am officially watching you.
HomeOfBluAndshadows's avatar
WOW!!! this is a pice in perfect form for hand drawn. totale awesome. excellent job
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:D thanks a lot ...
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