Original: Mermaids and Koi

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Oh, so creative a name, eh?

Picture for a contest on gaiaonline. I figured t'would be appropriate to create a picture with a mermaid in it by using watercolor. Turned out alright, I suppose. Still not satisfied with the background, but eh. I've yet to do a background I was pleased with.

Anywho, this character is NOT mine, but I wasn't sure where to put it. This character belongs to Allychan_90 from Gaia.

Full-view is much better than the preview.

Might not be able to tell from the preview, but I straightened out the picture and rescanned it. It looks much better now. :D

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  1. fireflywishes Retired Moderator Feb 28, 2007

    Lovely submission windyroller! It's rare to see watercolor works in the gallery. I like all of the different colors that you used to create her "scales". Keep up the great work! I would love to see more works like this! :D

  2. Gallopia Feb 28, 2007

    Nice effect on the hair ;)

  3. Morphee Feb 28, 2007

    i love the watercolours! and the texture is just great :) awsome job
    keep it up!

  4. unicorn2006 Retired Moderator Feb 28, 2007

    As firefly said, I also like the illusion of scales you've created with the varying colors. Too bad the paper seems to have become wrinkled because of the watercolor, if I'm interpreting those repeated vertical lines around the paper correctly. I also like the permeable contours--the way you haven't painted exactly within the lines--which I think works nicely with the idea of water and the fluid element of the piece. Good job-

  5. pamkips Feb 28, 2007

    I <3 watercolooooooor! nicely done

  6. FlowerDog Mar 01, 2007

    Very likeable to me. :D Not only is the water paint coloring is great, but the lines are also amazing. The lines almost have that fast movment feel to it and you also seem to have a great control over the thin and thickness of the lines. Love the way her hair flows and the Koi fishes are actually look very cute. :) For me, it's always a treat to see some sort of traditional art tools being use to make modern style works. ;) Great work and wish you luck with that contest windyroller. :)

  7. MapleRose Retired Moderator Mar 02, 2007

    *stares* wow....

    you've got awesome skills with watercolours, I'm jealous >.< I love how you did her hair ^^ nice outlines (did you use a pen for that or is that also watercolour?)

    I love the perspective, and her smile :) and nice koi too!

  8. loveable-IY Mar 03, 2007


  9. Anjhurin Mar 03, 2007

    I didn't know mermaids had any cloth on *disappointed*... ahah, only joking, this is a pretty amazing work :)
    You have great skills in the colouring, and your character is well done as well, but there might be a little problem in the proportion of her arm (well actually not really the proportions, but more the articulations ie wrist / elbow which don't really appear, making the arm look like a straight cylinder... more or less ^_^').
    Anyway, nice flowing movement... thumbs up :D

  10. Ephemeral-Garden Apr 02, 2007

    Jii-chan's really disappointed at the fact that your mermaid has a cloth on. XD *stares on the comment above*

    But it's really surprising to see that even water colour can turn a picture into a magical thing! I suck at water colour so it'll prolly take me 100 years to get this effect.

    I really love it. It's really too lovely to overlook this one. Your drawings are okay, but how you applied your water colour is really something that must be taken serious notice. ^^

    Great work.

  11. DarthTofu May 13, 2007

    That's really really beautiful! I love the colors a lot! I like the drawing too, but the watercolors are even cooler. The movement flows very well. I like!

  12. DancingBlades Jun 12, 2007

    Very awesome work with watercolors! I wish I can do the same with it, but alas, the paintbrush drives me to the brink of my insanity. I love the scale affect and her expression. The touches with the fish are beautifully done. =] Great job! I hope to see more works in the near future! +fav

  13. ElectrumEye Nov 14, 2010

    Oh, beautiful! Great colors (firstly I was thinking you've used copic markers but it turn out to be watercolors, so double WOW!) and pose ^_^

  14. Monu-chan Retired Moderator Feb 14, 2015

    WOW SO nicely and smoothly done art is it! ^0^

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