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The Little Mermaid by kelleybean86 The Little Mermaid by kelleybean86
My take on the original Little Mermaid story by Hans Christian Andersen. This drawing is modeled on my teenage cousin Brenda, who is absolutely beautiful.

My blog: kmcmorris.blogspot.com
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synyster-shadows Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016   General Artist
beautiful!
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pantherinsnow Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You are a gifted illustrator. Man, I'm enjoying this gallery a lot.
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melissyjane Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful!! I love that it's totally different from the disney version. 
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OginZ Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
She's pretty and sad, exactly the poor little thing I imagined! :aww:
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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derJOgelle Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014   General Artist
The power of her eyes are breathtaking & the rest is so fluent and detailed! Respect & Thnx for sharing! Inspiring piece of art! I could stare at this for hours.:D
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WinxLover82 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
Beautiful! :)
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BlueStoneArcher Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like your take on this one!  Nice use of the water to really create a visual barrier for the mermaid.
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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carrie-lou Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful!! Clap :D (Big Grin)
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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carrie-lou Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome!! :D (Big Grin)
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
You've been featured: gryffgirl.deviantart.com/journ…
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deadlindsae Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Gosh, how can you have not only a perfect technique but such a great imagination!?!
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You've captured the sense of impending tragedy in the original tale with this wonderful work of yours. Well done. So sad.
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
"Impending tragedy" - I like that! Thank you!
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Beautiful work. Her face is very expressive and the effect of water is great.
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
You're welcome.
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bellydancerkristen Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013   Artisan Crafter
beautiful!!
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imhilien Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Nicely done. :)
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ThrashMetallix Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous piece...Mermaids are just too gorgeous ><
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Oshiruko Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is a very beautiful artwork. The drawing is absolutely well-executed and touching, the colours are so rich and vibrant, and I love the fishscales and her hair, and the way the water kinda snuggles around her hands >w<

But even more, you actually used the original folk tale as an inspiration instead of this romanticized Disney nonsense. Im happy to see that there are still people who know the actual fairytales and folk tales insteas of the Disney-revised versions :3
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :) I was a huge fan of the Disney movie when I was little, but the original folk tale has a very poignant beauty of its own.
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Oshiruko Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, I like the original tale much better. The Disney film is beautiful, but its so kitsch >w<
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normaer Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nyuu, she is beautiful :)
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QueenLucySusan Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
She's so adorable!
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sandcastler Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Cool above/below water shot! She is indeed cute ;)
With the more exotic look to her upper body with your addition of some scales, she'd look great with fingerwebs, too!
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AliceVII Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo beautiful
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zxcv1911 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
My goodness... It's so aesthetically pleasing. :iconsobeautifulplz:

By the way, have your cousin seen this artwork? I wonder what kind of reaction she would get when she sees this? ;)
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think she will probably be a little embarrassed. :)
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zxcv1911 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Embarrassed? You mean she will react like:
1. :iconsweetblushplz:

2. :iconblushthanksplz:

3. :iconmassiveblushplz:

or

4. :iconblushingmadplz:

:D:D:D:D:D
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tilwen Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
poignant posing there - the way her hands are reaching out across the 'veil' between water and sky :) gorgeous
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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Moon-Flower4022 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow. That's beautiful. ,3
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scribblesinnias Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student Writer
I love how she's interacting with the water in this. Simply stunning.
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JoieArt Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Another amazing gem by Kelley! Ahhh! (No I'm serious, I enjoy every piece you post haha)
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Birgj Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student General Artist
It's a gorgeous peice
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Terramoo Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing, does this go with your other mermaid artwork?
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, it's a re-do of one of my previous pieces. If you're interested, you can read more about it here: [link]
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Terramoo Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I looked, great job.
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Cymphia Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa its great to hear from you again and this is stunning! I love Andersans stories and you made it perfectly!!! Would you mind if I use the hair as a refrence?
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Generally it's not a good idea to use other people' artwork as a reference. Instead, I would recommend using photos as reference. I used these stock photos as reference when making this drawing: [link]
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Cymphia Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
may i ask why you say that?
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
If you work from a photograph, any stylization or creative liberties you take will be your own. If you use someone else's art as a reference, the original artist's decisions will effect your own. Does that make sense?

It's fine to copy other artists as practice. But generally you can learn a lot more by working from life or from photographs. Anyway don't worry about it too much, it's not a big deal. :)
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Cymphia Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow, thank you! that does make much more sense that you mention it!
and since its coming from a wonderful artist like yourself, i'm going to take your advice :heart: thank you!!!
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great! You're welcome!
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