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mermaid by ono-mono mermaid by ono-mono
I dreamt of mermaids throughout the spring.

This is a personal piece for me, born from the reading of Sarah Hall's "The Electric Michelangelo," the viewing of SF Ballet's "The Little Mermaid," and the search for solace during a particularly rough school semester.
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Given 2011-12-24
mermaid by ~sirfish, astonishingly lovely and radiant illustration with many gorgeous details to look at.

Artist suggested by *Merrilee-Porter, *Kirin-no-Hinote, and ~Reluin. ( Featured by alicexz )
CaptainJinx Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Student Digital Artist
gorgeous atmosphere and beautiful atmosphere o: im absolutely baffled.. how did you get the entire picture to have such a ''rough'' texture? im a noob and i love your work :)
ono-mono Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016
Thank you!  I usually do a black and white drawing with all of the shading in graphite before I color it in Photoshop, so that there's a bit of 'tooth' to the image.  You can also make a color filled layer (I usually do light blue or yellow), set it to Soft Light at anywhere between 20-50% opacity, and then put a Texturizer filter on top to get a sort of paper texture.  Watercolor textures set to Soft Light are also pretty effective!  :3  Hope this helps, and good luck with your own work!
Glinel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016  Student Interface Designer
Simply beautiful, holy crap!
ono-mono Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016
thank you!  <3
John-Martin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful. The tension between the to female charactes is very touching
DrManhattan-VA Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, love the atmosphere *-*
Midnight-Halla Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Student General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful~ *^* great job of using the shadow and lighting in this piece- I also love the mermaid's hair!
mandys-creations Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
This is stunning
LBPBOY Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
This picture... O.O
lauramissaoki Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
BambooDo Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
awesome !! great work  ! I love the ambiance ! :))
copper9lives Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Reminds me a bit of some of the illustrations of Arthur Rackham, of which I am inordinately fond. Beautiful! Love the way you used light to focus attention.
Nanakyseic Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
this is just amazing, love it! amazing work!
sweetsweetsunshines Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing <3
Lupizora Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Such amazing details (the fins of the tail and the sword's hilt are my favorites) and I love how the colors have this soft glow. It's a nice twist in the common story too!
LSP-C Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student General Artist
MetallicLenneth Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have no idea why this reminds me to Vakyrie Profiles XD
Alice-InBlack Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
I love this! Currently going through another mermaid-crazed season.
ganbattestudios Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013

loooove fairytales- this is mah favoritttttte


LilyBlight Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely stunning. Excellent work.
amayaangeline Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is gorgeous!! Just perfect!! > <
Kit-Kat132 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Amazing, completey beautiful work! you are a great artist
Beatrix-White Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is really amazing!
Lady-Dracoleo101 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work!!!
Minidarkcalibur89 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Nice !
Samiferismyotp Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
I love this!
Oo-Ninart-oO Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really inspiring!
RhohamandLilith Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student General Artist
The hair is beautiful. I have always envied those who have been able to capture the way wind or water sends it gently aloft. Lovely colors too. :)
Fairygirl12345 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Nu1208 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
This just took my breath away. It's really amazing!
I'm not an expert, but just... the colors, the pose, the texture, the lighting... really come together. I love it! (Besides, I must admit it gives me that vintage vibe, which I really enjoy.)
Keep up the good work, thank you!
ninsennansen Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing work of art :)
mattbratt250 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
I have conflicting emotions about this. At first I was like wow pretty colors, then I was upset because the girl will obviously die if she drowns, then this reminded me of an old kelpie story about the kelpie being lonely and wanting something beautiful for himself. Wow. So I feel sad for the girl but glad that the mermaid has a companion " If only for a short amount of time ".
MushinShinobi Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
How can buy original?
crazygirl573 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Wow!!! this is awesome.
baby-planet Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student General Artist
I did a B&W version of this for an art project! its beautiful!
FrankandJoe3 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome :D
navimay6 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
this is very cool and beautiful
Tzenor Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Really nice ;///;
zrose1996 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Captivating piece, forms a great story
afternoone Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
this is in my favourites, and every now and then I get it out and just sight at it... beautiful work :)
sheebear Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wonderful! :)
sawebee Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so beautiful! <33
elync Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
This is just... wow! Wonderful job!
Antiquahime17 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very dream like pretty~
rd7ht Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
breath taking, makes me want to read the story again.
Puppeteersreflection Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This piece is beautiful. even more so for someone like me who adores water and sees it as a fatal part of my life. i love the beauty and serenity this picture gives off. it is truly perfection in beauty. ^^
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ono-mono Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
:) Thank you!
Marinely Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
I've never needed to comment here, on this site. I view things from time to time, enjoy them, learn from them, and go on my way.

But here, I break this trend. Here, I have found something stunningly beautiful to me. ..I associate very strongly with the sea, and so when you say this is a personal piece for you, I understand it. I can see it in the artistry. I can hear music spilling forth.

I sometimes think the sea is in my soul. So when another admirer of your work states, it may look as if the mermaid is trying to capture the person, I see (sea?) very differently. I feel that symbol of oceans, that being of the sea, simply defines your character's very soul, is the light which brings forth the beauty of your protagonist.

I hope all went well, that your tensions were eased, and that you've found what drives your very own soul, what drives You forward. : ) May you always find your light. Thank you for your artistry.
ono-mono Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
I just wanted to let you know what a huge and beautiful compliment this is for me. This was a breakthrough piece for me, one that's propelled me to make some very exciting and scary decisions, but I'm looking forward to the pursuit. Thank you for your well wishes and for sharing your thoughts. <3

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