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Ten years ago I drew this cool gal a lot, wanted to give her a fresh coat of paint.  

Tribal Mermaid by Soap-Committee

Edit:  Here's a close-up WIP on my tumblr!
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squarenuts Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
Splash meets jaws?
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Q99 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016
These are so very cool :) I'm running a barbarian-mermaid in an RPG and your pic is help giving me *ideas* on how she should dress... and what she should do if she meets a shark ^^
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Soap-Committee Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Professional General Artist
Sounds like an awesome campaign, hope it's going well!  I'm glad this can help with inspiration. lol
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Q99 Featured By Owner May 3, 2016
We're just starting out, but we've got a good crew and it's starting well. I'm getting good mileage out of the combination of being a merfolk and barbarian manners, especially as we have some more civilized types like a paladin ^^
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GABaker-Author Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
the implied movement it amazing. Great work.
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Soap-Committee Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you!  

Movement is difficult for me in more painterly pictures so I'm glad this worked.
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JWiesner Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Professional
It is rare to see an underwater creature looking as wonderfully tribal and wild as this! You often see these "land-tribal" folk which wear the animals they hunted to show their status, but not the underwater folk. That's what makes this character design so awesome, especially considering that this girl won against a great white shark. :D And man, she even attached that big body with giant hooks!

The whole image is so detailed it actually took me a few seconds until I got to her face. Her eye glances with a strong expression I admire. The coloring in this image is very vibrant and eye-catching as well. Definitely stresses the fiery spirit of this hunting warrior. (Plus, I'm a sucker for warm and hot colors.)

Also, I found out I actually fav'd the older in 2009. xD It's fun to see the remake of it! There's definitely big artistic progress to notice.
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Soap-Committee Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
I'm sorry to have replied so late, especially in light of how thoughtful your comment is, but I really appreciate your appreciation of the details I tried to give this - thank you for sharing your thoughts on it!  (And it's hilarious that you happened to have seen the old one so long ago!)
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Slateboard Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Student Artist
At first I thought it was a woman being devoured by a shark. Upon closer inspection I see it is the shark who is the unfortunate one.
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Soap-Committee Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
This unintentionally grossed out several people because they saw the same thing as you! Hah whoops
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Slateboard Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Student Artist
They should've stuck around.
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orgatriz Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
I love sharks. I love girls. I love this.
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Soap-Committee Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you liked it!
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starfiregurl26 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
WOW!! That's really awesome!
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Jowain92 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
When mermaids decide not to take any of the sharks bs XD

But it's a pretty unique take, well done :)
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Soap-Committee Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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D-Thessy Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, your art is very original TvT
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Soap-Committee Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! With originality I'm hoping to rely less on fanart this year! :)
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D-Thessy Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't wait >w<
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Marikokitty Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome! ^o^
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:iconrefri:
Refri Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
Insane! Really like it. 
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Soap-Committee Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks! 8D
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SpiderPope Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
I like how the scarring on the shark kinda gives it a sort of "I'mma nom your head" look. Also neat cause this looks like an older more experienced, more pissed off version of the same character which given the nature of the two pieces is cool. 
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Soap-Committee Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
Hah, I like your interpretation a lot!
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MajinNeda Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist
Whoa. That is an amazingly unique design. 
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Soap-Committee Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you!  (That someone else would think so has me feeling less uncreative for clinging to it after all this time!)
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MajinNeda Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist
Of course! To think that you came up with this 10+ years ago is very impressive, considering how original the design is. You took an already cool idea and REALLY spiffed it up. I can't stop staring at every little detail on the shark and how beautiful the colors are.
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