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Oarfish mermaid. I had the inspiration from a Japanese folktale Urashima Taro, since the Japanese name for this fish is "Ryugu-no-tsukai" (Ryugu=underwater castle from the tale, tsukai=messenger). But instead of the messenger, I had the story's heroine Oto Hime (princess Oto) in mind for the design.
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Gurdim's avatar
cool concept, never thought of a oarfish-themed mermaid, works greatly i must say :D 
and... honestly i dunno how's in english or other languages, but here in my place this fish has a alternative name that translates as "herrings' king" so in that view the blue blood makes sense even more xD 
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Keytee-chanEdited |Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh! So that's how these japanese mermaids are called!
So THAT's what One Piece's Queen Otohime was referencing! ^_^
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Love the motion work here, so fluid, almost like a dancers ribbon :D
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Belle-Skies|Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, this is amazing!!
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MoonViewHighway|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work, love it!
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So beautiful
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comixqueen|Professional Digital Artist
This is so beautiful!!
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IK16's avatar
Very good!
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Woww love her~~ xD
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Tsukijinja|Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing as Always 
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KitBashCreations|Professional General Artist
is that color pencil or watercolor or both? 
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Pulcella|Student Traditional Artist
She's so cute!
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Chastil13|Student General Artist
I love the oarfish theme!!! X333 Reminds me of an oarfish themed mermaid I once drew. :D
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Zimoshi|Hobbyist Digital Artist
adorable :)
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Sloth-Wolf|Student Traditional Artist
Sloth: Beautiful! Simply beautiful!
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very nice design! good work
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