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Mermaid by DarkRapier Mermaid by DarkRapier
There was this thing going on on Twitter where people drew mermaids. Being the lemming I am, I had to participate. 

For once, I tried to practice foreshortening. I didn't do a particularly good job at it, but at least I tried. Man, does that foreshortening look awkward. 

A lot of areas look flat. But I really didn't want to spend a lot of time on this, seeing as I have a lot of things I need to do. 
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CubanCracker62 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely! :D I especially like how you made her look like a natural mermaid and used scales instead of actual clothes (because fish in bras are silly. Convenient story hole fix, maybe, but silly. Not to mention clothing drags in water a lot so that wouldn't be good for mermaids xD)

On a side note, BUBBLES
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DarkRapier Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!

I thought the same as well, about it being strange that a mermaid would fashion themselves clothes. I was originally going to draw her full-on topless. Then I realized that I would have to put a content filter on it. I dislike content filters.

Hm, I really didn't think about that, then clothing drag. That is very true. 

BUBBLES!

... are fun to draw. 
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CubanCracker62 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :)

Yeahhhh. Those annoy me cuz then people can't see the preview :P

Thanks :)

Indeed. BUBBLES
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xXBlackLaceXx Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Student General Artist
Alternative titles include,"Something's Fishy", and "Darling it's better, down where it's wetter (take it from me)".

Ahem, anyways...
I have to say this came out really nice! I love the lighting and colors. Also really good that you're trying new poses and perspectives. She's quite pretty too!
Should continue to experiment with different poses like this. 

And on a side note, I've finally managed to crack down on the art trade. Just hoping work won't delay me any further as well. Hopefully, it'll be up within the next few days. Least I'll have gotten something done. 
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DarkRapier Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I can now officially declare that you are million times better than me at innovative titles. I tend to go for more obvious things such as "Girl in a dress" and that kind of crap. 

Thank you! I should, especially since working on foreshortening is a must for more dynamic poses. 

Well, you're ahead of me, at least. I was going to start it after I finished this but school just decided to rain a slew of work on me. Why do you do this, school? Why?

Take your time, because I certainly am taking mine. Heh. 
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xXBlackLaceXx Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Student General Artist
Ha! Well all it takes is a good reference and some boldness to put out a title. Mostly one's I'd try to come up with. But I suppose titles don't matter too much if your art is amazing. ;x

I suppose I'll be getting into foreshortening myself. I don't wanna fall behind all these artists, including you. I'm striving to get better. >: )

And hey that's perfectly fine! Soon I'll be in college, probably buried under a tree's worth of homework papers like you. Get to it whenever you're up for it. We'll both be the ones taking forever on it, ha!
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DarkRapier Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That is very true on the boldness part. I wanted to name one of my dump sketch compilations "I Took a Massive Dump" but decided against that. 

Good luck. Foreshortening is a pain in the ass. It's basically hit and miss for me. Half of the time I get it half-decent. The other half of the time, it sucks. 

Oh trust me. If you are going to be taking full time, you will get an entirely new spin on "I have no time." 

Luckily I'm only part-time for the summer. But still. Homework. 
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xXBlackLaceXx Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Aha!! I get the feeling I've seen someone do something similar to that. I know I got a kick out of that though if you had.

And you'll improve. You'll just have to keep trying, as every artist must. It might help you to practice foreshortening as simple modeled sketches rather than going full out with a draw itself. And of course, as all the "smart" artists do, keep taking pictures of yourself or someone else posing. I know I've made a fool of myself in the mirror for a pose here or there.

Well, I'm unsure of what college holds for me, but I'm certain I'll be too overwhelmed to get anything done. Doesn't help that I'm on a whole new level of lazy. Past potato level. But hey, I'm sure the work will lessen enough to have some time. I know based from high school, there were times teachers must have all had a secret meeting and decided to give projects that were all due in the same week. Cause, woo, education!..
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DarkRapier Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I tell myself that, to keep it simple. But then, as I'm drawing the pose, I always think "Hey, this pose would look good on [blank] OC." So I end up turning it into someone. 

But hands. Hands, man. They are the spawn of Satan. I can never draw them properly.

I'm on the some boat as you, being as lazy as a potato. It's quite sad, really.

That kind of stuff still happens in college, but usually around finals week, so at least I can see it coming. Even so, I still fail to plan my time properly, being the miserable person I am when it comes to time management. 
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xXBlackLaceXx Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Student General Artist
Hmm, well perhaps you can take poses you like and later on use them for a character. Practicing a certain pose might help you master it, and then really dish out the skills for whichever character you choose to draw in that pose. Although, I do understand. It's so very tempting. You draw a difficult pose for your level, and it looks good, and then you simply want to morph it into your OC or some fan art.

Hands. They make or break a picture. I hate them as well. But you've certainly done better with them than I have. Perhaps I need to reference off my own more often. Drawings that I've done that with tend to have better hand poses. Of course, it's hell to pose a right hand and then draw it, considering I'm right-handed mainstream.

I suppose we'll both need to stock up on Monster and get shit done, eh? xD

Hmm.. I suppose I'll have to make sure I don't get stuck doing things last minute in college. I was always like that in high school, though I always managed to get whatever it was done, unless I thoroughly hated whatever it was. Just threw my hands up and said "screw it!". Well I guess we both suck at time management then. Of course, if you were a woman, it'd probably be a heck of a lot worse. Cause you know, 5 minutes women time is an hour in real time.
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DarkRapier Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I suppose I should. I need to get into a habit of refining my sketches less, after all. 

Well, it's more of a hit-or-miss for me. Sometimes they look decent. Other times— well let's just say they need some work. 

Actually I have been doing that. But I use coffee since it's cheaper than Monster, and I'm a poor, broke scrub. It's been horrible on my energy levels, and I get a lot of mild headaches nowadays. I guess that is the price to pay for procrastination.

Oh, I don't doubt that. When my sister says that she is going to get dressed in five minutes, it's usually a lot longer.  
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nixequeen45 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, it looks convincing, at least.
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DarkRapier Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh, that's up for debate. But thanks! 
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nixequeen45 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Believe me, it's better than anything I could do.
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LyhliTheLuminescent Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful colors and pose! The colors are very realistic, and she is a beauty!
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DarkRapier Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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masteroflego98 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
dude it looks nice
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DarkRapier Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, man!
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bluefire6597 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
I think it looks wonderful. Stop bashing yourself because it looks great! 

Very nice job! :) <3
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DarkRapier Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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bluefire6597 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Of course! 
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