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The Mermaid, tattereddreams by MissingHorcrux The Mermaid, tattereddreams by MissingHorcrux
Original lineart by *tattereddreams. List of available linearts to color: [link]

[edit:] After several futile attempts, I finally figured out how to make the water shineys. Now it's shiny. %D
[edit 2:] Reduced the contrast in Blondie's hair, upped the contrast on Eric's face, and desaturated those purple things. TWEAKS FTW!

I went to the pre-Broadway release of The Little Mermaid musical in Denver on Thursday! It was good - lots of new songs, but all the old ones, too. Ursula was particularly good. She reminded me of Glenn Close (or something along those lines). I think she got more applause at the end than Ariel did, lol. They'll tweak a few things in the play according to how the Denver audiences reacted to it, and then officially open it on Broadway in a few months. I'm so glad I got to see this one - I've wanted to see The Lion King and haven't gotten around to it!

Anyway, I'm very very proud of this piece, particularly because it actually has a background, mood lighting, and a helluva lot of detail (hence the time it took to CG). But - I've discovered I like painting water. %D

And yes, you saw right: Far-Left Mermaid = Ariel. I tried to make Tied-Up Man look like Eric, but I think I failed. Even if I succeeded, that would be a disturbing image - a Disney princess drowning her prince? Talk about issues.

Tools: Photoshop 7, laptop (touchpad mouse - no tablet), *kaykaykit's water tutorial (♥♥♥!)
Time: 12 hours (or about two days on-and-off)
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:iconsouthpony98:
southpony98 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ariel and Marina
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littlewoodmermaid Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
how do u do the pattern that the water makes??
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Guillaume19 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
good work!
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estoshia3789 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
stunning!
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CrazyCookieStar Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student General Artist
beautiful!! so many details at the hair :heart: I`m working on smthing like this and I really hope it'll come out nicely:heart:
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TheFoxyEccentric274 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
According to the poem tattereddreams posted it isn't the mermaids' fault that the knight is down there, is it?
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MissingHorcrux Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
It doesn't say... He's just sort of there. Not sure how he got there, but it's still kinda strange.
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TheFoxyEccentric274 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
I had read the poem the first time I saw the lineart. I always figured that the knight had done something very wrong and had been cursed by the sea. When the mermaids came across him, they loved or pitied him and so kept him company. :shrug: I don't suppose we'll ever know.
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SapphireIceQueen21 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
awesome! i love how you did the water and the shimmer/reflection on the mermaids tails
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:iconmissinghorcrux:
MissingHorcrux Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Thank you! :)
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seawaterwitch Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
So gorgeous, both black and white drawing and when you colouring it ^___^

So beautiful *___*
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Princess-Kay Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
It looks nice. :)

Nothing compared to the issues in the original story, though. :P
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cloverkeat Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
I ADORE the job you did on the water/plantlife, it looks fantastic. I like the job you did on the brunette there on the far right, her hair looks gorgeous<3 All in all amazing, insta fave<3
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MissingHorcrux Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
Thanks so much. :)
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jas09 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
Here's my theory: This is the orginal version of "The Little Mermaid" (the book by Hans Christian Andersen) and the mermaid has come back from being sea foam to get her revenge on the cheating prince.:mwahaha:
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MissingHorcrux Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Actually, you're not far off. If you have a look at the original lineart here by ~tattereddreams, you can read the poem that inspired the picture.
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ranka-mei Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
That's some pretty amazing water technique you mastered there! :) I could stand to see a little more!
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:iconmissinghorcrux:
MissingHorcrux Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
Thank you! I just followed this tutorial, but I'm very proud of this piece because I did it all without a tablet. Just the touchpad mouse on my laptop. :)
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Most excellent. 8D

Looove the intricacy of the scales, and the fins, and you do hair so flowy and pretty. It's awesome that you actually gave it a background, too, really adds to a piece.
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MissingHorcrux Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
Ugh, the scales took half of forever to do, since I was doing this whole picture with a touchpad... But I think it adds a lot to the picture, it wouldn't be the same without them! And yeah, I'd just found a tutorial on how to make fancy water, so I went overboard with that. xD

Glad you liked it! This was done two years ago, and I still consider it my best piece to date. So I'm glad someone else likes it as well! :)
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snowdragongal Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
PRETTY TIS REALLY GOOD ^^
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EmiliaPaw5 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
stunning piece! love the style
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MissingHorcrux Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
The style is credit to *tattereddreams, because this was her lineart, but I'm glad you like it! :)
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Lunaura Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
I was looking through your comments trying to see if anyone else asked, but didnt find it. How did you do the scales? I want to color this picture, and have always loved mer pictures, but have never been able to find a good way to paint scales. I also use a mouse to paint, if that means anything.

I have to say, I love your vision of this. Its really close to the idea I had, and Im glad seeing it will be able to help me with realizing my idea with what I want to color. Youre just amazing. :love:
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MissingHorcrux Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
Aw, haha - thanks! This is one of my favorite pictures, so I'm so glad you like it. :thanks:

For the scales, I'll explain the redhead's. I put down a base color of green, and shaded it with a few darker greens (always use a few different shades!) towards the bottom, sides, and fins, to make it seem 3D. Then I chose a slightly darker shade of green, and drew out rough oval-shaped scales all the way down the tail, for the shadows of the scales. Yes, a long process - I recommend watching a movie while you color detailed pictures, lol. Then I picked a rough line running down her tail which I thought would be reflecting the light, and took a slightly lighter shade of green and drew a line on one side of each scale along that line. Towards the center of that area the lighter green is lighter and more saturated, and towards the sides the lighting starts to fade off. It's not that complicated of a process - base color, shading, and lighting, essentially. Just takes a bit of practice to know where to put it. Feel free to try and copy my coloring technique if you think it will help you develop your skills! Just credit me, and I'm happy. :) And always, feel free to ask me any questions! I can walk you through any other part of that painting, if you want. :)

And just to let you know, I did the whole thing with a touchpad mouse, so you'll be working in almost the same way I did on this. I didn't get a tablet until about 3/4 of the way through coloring The Sharkery (about six months later).

Also, I found a couple of great techniques that makes up for not having a tablet. Set your brush opacity down to about 20% or 30% and just layer on the shading - you can make it look like you used a pen by focusing the shading on specific areas, just like you would with pen pressure! It also makes for a really smooth-looking shading. You can also click, hold down shift and click in another area, and it will make a straight line between those two clicks - saves trying to zoom in and hold your mouse steady! :)

I hope that helps, and again - feel free to send me questions anytime! :)

PS: Thanks very much for the watch!
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Lunaura Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
Though this is helpful, you should make a tutorial of it, since I bet a lot of people have been wondering how you do it. Its a wonderful technique, and quite vivid.

Thanks for explaining it!

:love:
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:iconmissinghorcrux:
MissingHorcrux Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
I should, yeah. I'm overdue for a coloring tutorial actually, so I might make one soon. :)
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destinykitty Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the mermaids are lovely, especially the one in the serpentine pose at the top
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MissingHorcrux Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
This is one of my favorite pictures. :) Glad you like it too, thank you!
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Gothic-Serenity Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008
I have a question. Is the dude dead...or just unconcious and dieing? Confusing...
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MissingHorcrux Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008
There's actually a poem (written by Mikhail Lermontov) that the original artist posted to go with her lineart: [link]
Apparently, he's just sleeping, and they go visit him all the time and try to wake him up, but to no avail. Quite depressing, actually...
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JonWeekes Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008  Student General Artist
Wow this is beautiful.
Jon
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:iconmissinghorcrux:
MissingHorcrux Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
Well, thank you. :)
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JonWeekes Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Student General Artist
np
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AZ965 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
wow this is so good!
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:iconjonweekes:
JonWeekes Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Student General Artist
I like your signature!
Jon
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AZ965 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
lol thanks! :D
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MissingHorcrux Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
Thank you! :)
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anitasmiles Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
prettysome is the blonde one!! :D
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MissingHorcrux Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
My favorite is still the redhead. (:
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ZiggyBam Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008  Student General Artist
beautiful :+fav: x
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SUDDI Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
Its really wonderful!
I like how you made the mermaids more like underwater creatures with their design.
And Its nice when they don´t have sea shells as bras because I don´t think they would have that if they were real.
The only thing that I don´t like with the picture is Eric´s very calm looking face (it somehow looks like he is meditating). I think he is looking too neutral to be drowning, it kinda ruins the mood of the rest of the picture.
I fav this :D
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MissingHorcrux Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
Thank you! I didn't design the mermaids, though - all credit for that goes to *tattereddreams, because she drew this lineart - I just colored it. ;) But I think you're right! Who would wear a bra underwater? That's just no fun. :giggle:
And as for Eric, head over to the original lineart page (here) and read the poem that goes along with this picture. It explains everything, I promise. It's not as creepy as you think it is. XD
Thanks so much for the :+fav:! :D
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SUDDI Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
Oh I see ^^
The coloring was really wonderful :D

But I want it to be creepy :(
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seeminglymeaningless Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work!!!

Faved!
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MissingHorcrux Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
Thank you! :hug:
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pyro9050 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
Ahh, this is amazing. The hair is probably my favorite part, but the faces are great, too.
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MissingHorcrux Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008
Thank you, I'm glad you like it! :)
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papermask Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
this is amazing. i can't wait for TLM to come out on broadway. :)
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MissingHorcrux Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Thank you!
I really enjoyed the version I saw. I'm sure when it officially comes out on Broadway it'll be perfect. :)
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