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Original: Underwater

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Commission for a gal on Gaiaonline. Took me six months on this one... But, after watching Finding Nemo many times (and enduring complaints from my siblings for having to watch it so many times), I think it was worth it. Sure, it's not perfect, but t'is definitely satisfactory, especially since I learned some good things from this pic. (Like those rays; they're done with a colorless blender. I just dragged it through the color and voila. And the school of fish were done with another marker type, which turned out to be a very good thing. They'd have been washed out if I hadn't used a different type. )

And before anyone asks, no, I've no idea why her eyes are covered. The commissioner wanted her to be blindfolded, so that's how I drew it. :)

Alas that it should look better IRL than the scan does... Ah, well. Let me know what y'all think!

Media:
Pencil
Eraser
Paper (80 lb)
Copic Multiliners
Prismacolor and Copic Markers
Faber-Castell Pitt Pens

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Chosen by MapleRose and fireflywishes

This is a great example of the kind of quality artwork that can be produced with time and commitment. From the shading of the colors in the mermaids tail to the sunshine rays, windyroller has clearly demonstrated how talented she is with markers. If you haven't done so already, this is definitely an artist to add to your watchlist!

Proposed by MapleRose and highlighted by fireflywishes.

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Comments

  1. MapleRose Retired Moderator Nov 27, 2007

    wow, I think this is your best work yet! I think the 6 months of work is worth it ^^ I love the colouring style, you're so good with markers :) I esp love her tail, how the colouring makes it look iridescent. And the underwater lighting is pretty as well (cool idea to use the colourless blender, I think I'll try that some time ^^).

  2. Chloe Retired Moderator Nov 27, 2007

    You sure have some patience 0_0
    Lovely colors and like Maple said, her tail is fantastic!
    Lighting is great and I love the small details in the background. Great job!

  3. sailorchiron Nov 27, 2007

    *runs to Ziglers to buy more colorless blenders*

  4. fireflywishes Retired Moderator Nov 27, 2007

    Beautiful piece windyroller! (Great to see a new piece from you too!) Love the composition. It's crowded without being overcrowded. I envy your marker abilities-- the different shades you are able to achieve as well as the blending of the colors to create the sunrays (and the fin, as Maple already commented on). Great job on this one... keep it up! :D

  5. skye Nov 27, 2007

    that looks really good! love how you did the underwater scene - i agree with fireflywishes in that i envy your marker skills too ^^

  6. acid-awakening Dec 01, 2007

    It's always worth the time if you learn something new! Humm finding Nemo ay? :P Ever seen Shark Tail? Now that's a good source of inspiration. ANyway, back to the drawing. I like how it's large and a full page. There's nothing worse than bad composition :O Excellent stuff!

  7. tatsumaru-jp Dec 04, 2007

    amazing, i can say nothing , really i like it very much
    keep going and give us the best

  8. blackhouseprez Dec 08, 2007

    wow
    love it

  9. GintheTwilightswords Dec 09, 2007

    Not perfect my bum.If it took you six months to finish on top of watching Finding Nemo many many times,it must have been that epic and endearing to have taken so long.The background looks extremely good,it's almost as if you took part of the ocean and dropped it onto the paper XD.The mermaid looks extremely done too,she has a very life-like look to her.Outstanding work,you must be proud of your accomplishment :3.

  10. beyondmeasure Dec 19, 2007

    Quote: This is a great example of the kind of quality artwork that can be produced with time and commitment. From the shading of the colors in the mermaids tail to the sunshine rays, windyroller has clearly demonstrated how talented she is with markers. If you haven't done so already, this is definitely an artist to add to your watchlist!

    I will! I will!

  11. Anjhurin Sep 19, 2008

    Great color use and shading. The level of detail is amazing, as well as the light effect. I think the upper part of the sea is the most beautiful, with those quick blue strokes...
    Just one thing, the mermaid's a bit skinny ^_^', especially her left arm (it almost seems like the bone's visible !).

    Anyway, thumbs up and fav, definitely an awesome piece of art :)

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