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The Little Mermaid lineart by Zephyri The Little Mermaid lineart by Zephyri
The finished linework for the Little Mermaid piece. Just need to get it transferred to the board and paint it now!

If anyone wants to take this and colour it themselves, by all means be my guest, as long as there is some link back to myself or the original linework, it's all good. Apologies it's not all that hi res, though, I hadn't realised it was so lo res until I'd practically put it all together, and the idea of doing it all again didn't appeal.

Both figures are traditional pencil sketches and the nouveau border is my own design, but done digitally in illustrator.
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Sea9040 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Many, many thanks for those wonderful lines. They helped me a lot when work really got me down. I worked the evenings on the colouring of your great lines. Hope you like the outcome:

sea9040.deviantart.com/art/Ori…
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, glad they made you a little happier. She has such a lovely traditional anime feel to her, particularly like the shiny hair!
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Sea9040 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much. Glad to hear that you like this version ^.^
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
You know this popped on my Pinterest feed when I pinned something of yours and reminded me just how beautiful awesome this is! You should totally finish it sometime.:)
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WeleScarlett Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist
this is so adorable *___* had to color it ;D [link]
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greeneyesandglasses Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just started a fanfic based off an idea this picture gave me. Thanks for being inspiring!

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Newyorkart Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
your very talented penciler
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MermaidSeeker Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012   General Artist
Beautiful. the facial expressions really show their feelings. u can see their the same person but have completely different feels on each of their parts.
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greeneyesandglasses Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Finished piece here --> [link]

And would you mind if I were to post this finished piece on another site? I would, of course, give you full credit and link back to you here.
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HitmanMassacre Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So sublime!!
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greeneyesandglasses Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
In the process of coloring ^-^ It's so lovely! Thanks for putting it up! [link]
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Formicidae Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Hey, this is great !
I'm not going to copy it or so,
but I want you to know:
I like it a lot.
u done a great job !
Go on !
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional
sweet job
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yamirenamon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, an illustration to the original story. I love the little mermaid. Even if it did have a sad ending.
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LunarWillow Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely brillant. I wanted to get a mermaid tattoo for ages and this is so very tempting to get a panel on each arm. :)
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Kassis Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
Beautiful lines, I love both concepts :)
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SwampRat52 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
this looks amazing! i cant wait to see it in color
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SwampRat52 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
its beautiful! must've taken a long time.
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Jessie-lambchops Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
beautiful!
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:iconerinkerr:
ErinKerr Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous!
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ChiBurbs Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I look forward to the finished piece.
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ricky0701 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Fantastic piece!
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AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Looks amazing!
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LaJoyLi Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
stunning!!
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DaughterGothel Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Finally! a true mermaid!!!! wonderful!
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:iconkitty-grimm:
Kitty-Grimm Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful! It looks very art nouveau.
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InsideTheEssence Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So I finally colored this;
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felinebovine04 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Student
I'm soooo coloring this
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Naralim Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love this, so georgeouse :yoda:
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Emma-Jen Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
this is beautiful ! <3
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tilwen Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
stunning, i adore this style! :D i also love how you paid homage to the original, better if mroe tragic, tale with the dagger. beautiful and tragic. :)
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Louchan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The knife in her hand made me want to scream in joy. :heart: I absolutely love pictures portraying the real tragic end to The Little Mermaid.
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
me too. Disney's version is good at what it does, but it's not a patch on the original story - same with pcoahontas and the original peter pan too.
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Louchan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I know. I'm a huge fan of Disney and I do love their version of the Little Mermaid and understand that they felt the need to make the ending more "kid friendly", but... yeah, nothing can top the original H.C. Andersen glory. :heart:
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fablefayebee Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i colored it :3

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i hope you like it
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fablefayebee Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this is amazing :3 i want to color it, and when i do, i will for sure link you to it!
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Shynys Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
I coloured a half of the image :D Your lineart is marvellous ^_^
Hope you like the outcome :)
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Psychogere Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
beautiful^^
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InsideTheEssence Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you mind if I save this, print if off, and color it with markers? I'd like to see what I can do with markers, 'cause this is a beautiful piece!! <3 I'd be more than happy to color it, if that's alright with you. ^^
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
By all means! As long as there's some link back to this as the original linework, I'm all good with it. I'd love to see how you get on, too!
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InsideTheEssence Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yaaays! Thanks! C: I'll probably work on this during the week, on and off with my other pieces, so it'll be included in my next upload!! Thanks so much~ I'm glad that you're letting people color it! <3

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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice... are they meant to be the same character but in different states of being... (one with fins , the other with legs)? I ask, because they seem to be different women, in height, facial contruction, and even hair treatment.

I seem to see a preference of linework that dominates from top left to bottom right that is consistant in both character drawings. Are you Left handed? This has created many parallel lines, or directional lines that favor one direction....top left to bottom right.

Gills at any pont on a mermaid have always seemed inelegant to me (that's my own preference) and I'm wondering if there is a more Art
Nouveau presentation of gills that doesn't "plonk" itself onto the character design.

I think the tail design with all the fins could be retouched to be more inline with the Art Nouveau style, it seems a little too literal and thereforeout of place with the design elements of the rest of the image.

I'd check your volumes and pulls in your fabric on the legged character around both her knees and her feet. The bunches look decorative, but they should also have clear anchor points and "3D" volume.

Nice work I look forward to seeing it painted.
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I just looked though your gallery, your work is amazing.
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dietrichsgirl317 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I love that you followed the original story. Hans Christian Anderson was an amazing writer, and a beautifully hopeless romantic, and this story captures that completely. Love it!
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sandcat010 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
do you think i could alter it a little bit? (i jus want to cover her top ^^')
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:iconlorefernandes:
lorefernandes Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist
Sooooo perfect!! I love the little mermaid's original tale! It's perfect!!
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FangirlF13 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! I love how it's the beginning and end of the original story. I'd love to see it finished.
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ScipiosDream Featured By Owner May 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful artwork, I love it.

Thought I'd let you know I colored in half the image. You can find it here.
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Hellsong-Diabla Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
Wow this is so great :)

I would love to color this one day, can i?
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Sure thing, go for it. Just be sure to link back to this piece if you post it anywhere, and let me know so I can come look!
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