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Mermaid's Touch by arania Mermaid's Touch by arania
And the recent piece that I'm MOST proud of - the product of about three days straight of work, here's my mermaid piece. I wanted to work in some aspects that this isn't just a shiny happy mermaid - the claws, and the very mysterious expression. Is this a lovely young mer-woman... or is this a siren-esque creature to lure young men to their deaths?

The concept is looking down into the water as she's coming up to see you, hand extended to touch the surface from beneath.
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weaveroffantasy Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
This is beautiful- and I especially love the webbed fingers and those sharp nails, like she's going to use them to tear her prey apart...
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arania Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I wanted to have her look beautiful but with some subtle predatory aspects like that - kind of the deceptive beauty :)
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varpunen-laulaa Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
I am absolutely in love with this... she is gorgeous. The angle and perspective are awesome too, along with the colouration!
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arania Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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Cyberalbi Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011   Digital Artist
Very nice and well done! I have added your Mermaid's Touch to my faves and to my Collection: Mermaids
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arania Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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NecrisOmega Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
Very, very nice.

I see a lot of "non-Disney" mermaids taken way far to the left, liberally blended with the aquatic. Extremely exotic, extremely alien. And I'm perfectly fine with that to be honest.

This is a more balanced piece. Not an ultra-conservative, standard woman lopped in half and glued to a fish, and not some hyper-liberal, sem-Lovecraftian fish-person, either. She's not human, but she's not completely inhuman... or, so she appears. The subtly of it all really gives this piece its draw.

The soft cool color scheme, the artful use of texture, and the attention to detail all make this an excellent work of art indeed. Not my personal favorite within your gallery, if only for the subject matter, but it's clear why anyone would be proud of this piece.
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Curious-Spider Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, how gorgeous! I love the detail and her face; she's got one hell of a seductive gaze! Awesome work!
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Skeptic-Believer Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008
the hair line is awkward o.O overall, it's okay.
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DisneyMaster Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should make a seqence out of that Scooby Doo commisson that you did.
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silversmithfire Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007
Captivating... I love her hand and her eyes.

This reminds me alot of a painting my big sister is working on...
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Queen-of-Night Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007
I bought this print at A-kon. Thanks! It's a good piece!
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sandcastler Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
Her gaze is captivating! You look past the fact that her outstretched hand has webbing between the fingers...until it's too late...

Great job with her fishy look!!
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LeftiesRevenge Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007
WOW!! This is amazing!!! The composition is golden, the colors are phenomenal, and... it's just a really great piece.
Nice detail work on the jewelry, and her eyes are captivating.
The hand looks reeeeal nifty,
and the ambiguously sweet look on her face really does make you wonder - what are her intentions? ;)
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arania Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!! <3
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Songjewel Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007
Whoa...awesome! Looked great as a thumbnail, but it's much better full-sized! The colors are perfect.
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Snowdrift-69 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007
beautiful :heart:
I love her face and the coloring

lovely detail too
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MitchellTF Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007
Beautiful.
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halfdemondog Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007  Student Digital Artist
woah this is so impressive. I think it's one of your best!! The shading and coloring is absolutely magnificent. <3
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KittyRose Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
This is so beautiful. I like the blending of different hues of green and blue to make her more connected to her oceanic home.
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Lonebeatle Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007
Impressive, very impressive!! :clap:
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Thrashwolf Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
your best piece to date.
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Bilious Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
WOO you finished it! It looks gorgeous! Kind of like you're looking down the bottom of one of those glass bottom boats :D
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