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The Koi Empress
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By MichelleHoefener   |   Watch
Published: December 1, 2015
© 2015 - 2019 MichelleHoefener
Hey guys =)!

Here is the finished version of the mermaid, Mei Shui, "The Koi Empress" =)!

:bulletpink:   I am taking commissions, you can email me for pricing at: mhoefener@gmail.com  (More info here: COMMISSIONS OPEN!)

My background story for Empress Mei Shui:

Mei Shui is a mythical empress that once ruled China in a forgotten fairytale.  She is usually only seen in her human form, but is commonly referred to as "the Koi Empress", because it is said that her true form is a koi mermaid.  It is a rare sight to actually see Mei Shui in her koi mermaid form, swimming in the lakes near the palace.

Line Art
Koi Empress - Line Art by MichelleHoefener

Other Mermaids in my
(Going since 2006!)
Moonrise In Spring by MichelleHoefener  CALYPSO by MichelleHoefener

Full res JPG, step by step, layered PSD, video process and brushes for this piece are available at my Patreon: www.patreon.com/michellehoefen…


- 56hrs / Photoshop

Artwork and the character, Mei Shui "The Koi Empress" are © copyright, me, (Michelle Hoefener) :iconmichellehoefener:
- Photoshop

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Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
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Akali decided to cosplay as Nami =P
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A good headstart on Mermay
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Now this is a blast from the past. One of the first pieces I added to my favorites, if I remember correctly....
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DeviantArt... An endless gallery of amazing eye candies !!
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ヾ(o´ェ`o)ノGOOD JOB!!
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Amazing! Keep doing more fantastic mermaids, please!
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always fantastik!
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Royal head with sweet expression, nicely decorated breasts, and impressive waterfall background. An empress indeed.
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Someone is stealing your art! A girl is selling this picture in a coloring book on Amazon! Here is the link.
If you scroll down to bottom of page, look at the customer ratings where customers post pictures from the book, you will recognize yours when you see it!
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Asian Girls are the most beautiful!
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Me gustaría volver a ver La emperatriz de Koi
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very colorful and detailed, amazing
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Nice ;)
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This is amazing!!Heart 
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