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Mermaid Kiss

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Published: October 13, 2009
This came out rather well. I really like the lighting.

There is a whole lot of story behind this picture. Actually as with many of my pictures, the story always comes before the illustration.
I won't go into any details here though (and I doubt I will ever write it down). In this particular scene, however, the heroine is poisoned and a mermaid kisses her to cleanse the body of the poison. The reason why the mermaid is covered with corals and all kinds of sea life, is because she's royalty. The corals are a symbol of her class in this particular culture. Other merfolk cultures see these adornments as a rather foppish manner of self-decoration. And then there are also those who use tattoos or self-mutilation as a way of fulfilment. Needless to say that they are considered barbarians.

Time: 20-25 hours
Listening: "The picture of Dorian Gray" audio book
Special: I managed to get the rock done with very little reference

Detail shots and a WIP are coming soon.
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TakaTheSquirrelHobbyist General Artist
This is amazing work!
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sythiarHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
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TakaTheSquirrelHobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome!  Thumbs Up SPN
welliAR's avatar
Genius! All Arts are very impressive. Just like the person who made it ;)
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sythiarHobbyist Digital Artist
Right! Now I know who you are, you joker. :D
Thanks again for the comment.
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sythiarHobbyist Digital Artist
Um... thanks, I guess. ^^; I don't know you, though, do I?
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What an exotic mermaid!! She certainly looks at home at sea with that anatomy. Her hands would look awesome with webbing between her fingers, too.
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sythiarHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the comment. I appreciate it. (Also: sorry for the late answer... ^^ I was busy.)
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spotted-catHobbyist Photographer
cool! I love the mermaid.
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sythiarHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch! :)
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spotted-catHobbyist Photographer
You're welcome
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barbaramjHobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I think that a real mermaid's kiss would be right like this. Well done! ;)
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sythiarHobbyist Digital Artist
I guess it would. It's not that different from a normal kiss, if you think about it.
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juliet981Professional Photographer
I love the story behind it.... wish you would tell more :)
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sythiarHobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe I'll someday write a book about it. :) But at the moment I'll just leave it be.
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bubblegumlolHobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG THIS IS SO COOL! i luv it its creepy but cool :D :clap:
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sythiarHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. A lot of people think that it's creepy. Glad you still like it though.
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bubblegumlolHobbyist Traditional Artist
i LUV creepy pics like this :mwahaha:
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FruitsoHobbyist General Artist
This is strangely.... romantic in a way! You don't even need to give a story, just looking at this piece brings to mind a whole story! That is something truly masterful!
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sythiarHobbyist Digital Artist
You know, this is how I feel about this painting as well. To me it is kind of romantic - you are the first to read it the way I actually feel about it as well. Thank you.
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Eppsy-girlHobbyist General Artist
very unique! not the traditional theme of how mermaids r portrayed, i love how u made it ur own! it definitely stands out! :)
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sythiarHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the kind comment. A lot of people keep saying it's unique. As for me, the idea had been in my head for so long it doesn't seem like that to me... but I guess it is different from other mermaids. :)
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winkofthebutterflyStudent Photographer
oh wow o.o
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sythiarHobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe. Thanks. :)
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