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The Little Mermaid by Melllorine The Little Mermaid by Melllorine
It is the second illustration in the book I'm making.
I am soooo behind : ( I don't know if I'll be ready with it in time. I hope so.
I'd like to know what you think about it. The teachers told me I should forget this Barbie doll style... It was really offensive, but maybe they are right... Do you think it is too much? The lights and everything... I never ask anyone opinion about what I should change, but now I'm so confused.
I'm doing 14 illustrations in this book, I'll update all of them : )
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AlfonssoZayas Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Your artworks are amazing, I like your little mermaid.
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ittybittytower Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
yea, sometimes a little rebellion goes a long way. Do whatever makes you happy. In the end, your creations are a part of who you are. ^___^ I love the details on her tail, and her appearance is almost dream-like. Not for a second did I think barbie doll.
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Carolina-Eade Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
In awe, I love all your mermaid illustrations...and the last thing that come to my head is barbie or dolls, well I like dolls...but this is GREAT!
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Aelfeth Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to partly agree with your teachers, it's true that the way the shadows and lights lay on her face, added to her traits makes her look like a doll. However, I've revised the rest of the illustrations and they're perfectly good and stunning! Remember to listen to comments and suggestions, but do not forget to choose whatever makes you happy and confortable with :)

I love the way her fishtail shines, it's so beautiful!
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ser-comixmann Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
so unique, so outstanding for me, such great details in coloring and design! your teachers are there so yo progress as an artist and that's good, but that doesn't take out of this piece not even a little of it's beauty!
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LualaDy Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
Hi ! I checked all your illustrations about the little mermaid, and I don't think it's too barbie or anything
it's really soft and original, since everybody thinks about the little mermaid as red haired, and Barbie dolls have huge breasts (don't like it)
as long at it is your own style, and not soome copy, you shouldn't think about changing it so suddenly
your style will evolve as you age ^^

oh yeah, and I love your mermaid ^^
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emera Featured By Owner May 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
Can I ask if you paint on colored paper? I'm fascinated by the range of soft hues you get in your paintings. It reminds me of many of my childhood favorite picture books and stationery sets. :)
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emera Featured By Owner May 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
Oh, I just realized that this was mixed/digital media - but I would still love to know whether your fully traditional pieces are done on colored paper!
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Melllorine Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
I don't paint on coloured paper : ) I paint these normally, then I scan them, and modify the colours a bit, and also add some detail on top of everything.
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Sailor34 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Hi, Katya .... Your style is purrrrrfect for painting Mermaids !!! ..... Paint for "yourself"; not for your teachers !!
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elleyraaryelle Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
This sort of ethereal style does not remind me of barbie, your drawing is much more beautiful. I really love the way you colored the tail, specifically the way you hint at iridescence and a sheen to each scale. Also the striations in the back fin are rather realistic looking, very similar to the way a beta fish tail looks. Anyway, stick to what you find beautiful.
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colourmonster Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing
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CassandraReitzig Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
wow, she looks so fragile and beautiful :heart:
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yozix Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Why would they say that!? I love it the way it is! Not a big fan of blond mermaids but this is so sweet and pretty! I love it!

Maybe the style and color of the hair is what they found Barbie-like but I wouldn't change a thing.
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MoonandtheSea Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
I think this is beautiful...as are all your submissions of this character. ♥
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silamir Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013   General Artist
Awww, I really like her. Though, her torso might be a little too long and thin? But overall I really like it. :D
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tulgeywood Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Barbie doll style?! What a terrible thing for them to say! The expression is so vulnerable...just gorgeous and whimsical. The scales...wow! Faved in about 1 second flat!
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fishpuppet Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
LOOOOVE this! the light on her scales is perfect!!
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Elva4 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
this is beautiful and I encourage you to keep working on this style, because it's very you! at this point I can immediately tell when something was drawn by you, especially those mermaids. I think calling your drawing style a 'Barbie doll' one was quite unproffesional of your teacher. I admire your work and this mermaid is one of my favourite ones (: especially her scales cought my interest, they look graceful and I adore their golden gloss (:
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ekitzig Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I completely disagree with your teacher! I'm lovin' this style. Adding to my Favorites
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mimetalk Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Don't stop using your style because someone doesn't like it. As artists we give ourselves enough crap. I think the aesthetic of how she looks is really beautiful. The one critique I would give would be of the wide range of colors you are using in one piece. I think that she herself does not look like a barbie, but the colors used could conjure up some images of the barbie Fairyposa or whatever he name is movies. I think its because you have a full spectrum involved, she seems very rainbowy. The tones in her face and body are really beautifully affected by this greenish yellow light, but with yellow and blue already playing such a huge role, I dont think the magenta at the bottom helps much. If it was a more muted purple I think any relation to Barbie would be gone, but that's just my two cents. Whenever I'm starting on a piece that I want to be stellar, I pick a painting with beautiful colors and use them for reference so I don't end up in too much rainbow.
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Melllorine Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
I agree with you about this rainbow thing. It annoyed my eyes too, but I didn't know exactly what the problem was. So thank you for pointing that out. : )
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ginny33373 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
I also agree. I think she is absolutely beautiful and I love her colors. I thought too that the magenta was a little off. It is the only thing I would change. As I scrolled down, I noticed that it made the picture look a little flat compared to the upper portion.

Her scales are beautiful and I love the innocence she portrays and I do not agree with your teachers at all!!! Keep up the great work!
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Anotheroutsider Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She's really beautiful. I really like this style, I don't think it's too "barbie" :)
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Melllorine Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
that's good to hear :) Thank you !
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Rosaemare Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Maravillosa es esta Sirenita...
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Miyanko-chan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mi a bajuk a tanároknak a stílussal? Milyen változtatásokat javasolnak? Szerintem nagyon szép és érdekes. Különösen a pikkelyek tetszenek és a fény hatása az egész képen. Az arca nagyon bájos, és jó a fények elhelyezése rajta, olyan 3ds. Tetszik még, ahogy a haja lefelé szinte beleolvad a vízbe. Csak deréktájon furcsa nekem egy kicsit, de túl tudom tenni magam rajta, betudható a stílusnak. Hosszú és túl vékony, de ez csak minimálisan zavaró számomra. Sokaknak lehet hogy egyáltalán nem is az. Ill. a kezét még picit jobban ki lehetne dolgozni. Ha már így véleményre voltál kíváncsi. :) Összességében elragadó.
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Melllorine Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nos ők ezt cukrosnak nevezik, pontosabban nem ezt, hanem az előző kishableányos rajzomat, amit felraktam, arra mondták hogy barbie baba... Ők azt javasolják hogy ne akarjak mindent egyenértékűen kihangsúlyozni és kidolgozni, nem kell mindent túlgondolnom. Plusz hátterekben sem vagyok valami jó :D Valamiért kedvelem az ilyen atmoszférikus háttereket.
Igen a test tényleg tul nyúlánk, pedig ez már egy javított alak, ugyanis ennél hosszabb volt szegény : D Nos ez így sikerült, a többi illusztráció remélem mégjobb lesz. Köszönöm : )
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seraphinwings Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Are you kidding? If you're good at this style don't drop it just because some teachers say so. That's talent right there.
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Melllorine Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
everyone is right in a way... thank you : )
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roarcash Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
I love the lighting on the scales
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Melllorine Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks !
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MajorasMasks Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I really like her expression and face proportions, but I'm not sure about her body... Awesome colouring, anyway! ^^
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Melllorine Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks : )
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