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Above Water by JudgeOfDeath Above Water by JudgeOfDeath
TOTAL HOURS: approx. 16.5 hours
TOOLS: Pencil, Tablet, Photoshop

Haven't done a digital painting in a long time. I had the pencil sketch for this finished during my break, after reading an article on mermaids and how artists depict them. This one hints on the absence of belonging... being a mix of fish, human and bird. Also, some of you may notice a change in my "signature"... the old one was getting a bit boring and I've been wanting to have something different. It came from a bunch of old random doodles of symbols.


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:iconjunedesigns:
junedesigns Featured By Owner May 3, 2009   Digital Artist
it's awesome...
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:iconjudgeofdeath:
JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner May 9, 2009
Thank you and thanks for the fave :)
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:iconmellime:
Mellime Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing! it's awesome from the idea, way through the colour choices to the final result. :clap:
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:iconjudgeofdeath:
JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
Thank you and thanks for the fave :)
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:iconmellime:
Mellime Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
btw, are mermaids a bit of birds, too? I always thought they were human-fishes.
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:iconjudgeofdeath:
JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
My general view of mermaids is that they are human-fishes as well. But I've decided to do something different here.
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:iconmellime:
Mellime Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see. Damn, I am drawing a phoenix - mermaid - girl for a contest, and I thought I was soooo original... :cries:
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:iconjudgeofdeath:
JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
Well, I'm pretty sure I'm not the first person to come up with a mermaid that is a combination of human, fish and bird. A phoenix mermaid sounds very interesting! I hope you will post it here?
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Mellime Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes! I've been working on it since March 2nd. :confused:

I'm almost there now, though. I want to get done with it in a couple of weeks so I can submit a painted version to the contest as well as the pencil version. It's crazy, really. I never drew water or fire, and suddenly I decided to do both in a single drawing. Meh, challenge is fun.

anyway, if you want to give it a shot, here is the link to the contest: [link]
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:iconjudgeofdeath:
JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
I look forward to seeing the painted and pencil versions. Thanks for the link but unfortunately I've been way too busy lately and don't have extra time for side projects at the moment.

All the best to you on the contest :)
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:iconmattspire:
MattSpire Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful work! very well composed, too
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:iconjudgeofdeath:
JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008
Thank you, I appreciate the comment :)
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MinxFox Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Student Digital Artist
I soooooo am faving this one.
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:iconjudgeofdeath:
JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008
Thank you :)
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:iconhighwind-valor:
Highwind-Valor Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008   General Artist
Wonderful job~!
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:iconjudgeofdeath:
JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
Thank you and thanks for the fave :)
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:iconhighwind-valor:
Highwind-Valor Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008   General Artist
Anytime~ :D
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:iconebonysoul:
ebonysoul Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Student
Wow! She's gorgeous! Awesome concept! :clap:
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:iconjudgeofdeath:
JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008
Thank you!
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ebonysoul Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Student
You're most welcome! ^^
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:iconanneifer:
anneifer Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008
As always simply gorgeous!
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:iconjudgeofdeath:
JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008
Thank you! :D
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:iconblueluna:
blueluna Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
i like the watery feeling =)
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:iconjudgeofdeath:
JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
Thanks :D
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:iconmusela:
musela Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
uwah.. this is beautiful. I just love your digital coloring style. It's just so awesome! Beautiful! <3
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:iconjudgeofdeath:
JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
Thank you :D
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:iconmusela:
musela Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
You're welcome ^_^
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:iconsubsurf:
Subsurf Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
that is the awesomeness
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:iconjudgeofdeath:
JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
Thank you and thanks for the fave :)
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:iconn0b0dyxiii:
N0b0dyXIII Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008   Photographer
Haven't seen anything from you in such a long time. I'm glad you've returned with such an wonderful digital painting! :)
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:iconjudgeofdeath:
JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
Yes, it's been a while hasn't it? Thanks for commenting :)
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N0b0dyXIII Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008   Photographer
you're welcome :)
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combatmaster Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
wow, Judge this is amazing! The conflict is really breath-taking, yet it looks so natural like being everything if only part of something. Awesome blend of colors and emotion :clap: Twwwooo thumbs up :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Hope ya been well :wave:
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:iconjudgeofdeath:
JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
Aw thanks CM :D, I've been doing pretty good, mostly glad that I have a bit of time to paint, haha. Hope you're doing well also! The toughest part for this piece was getting the colors right. I wanted the green, but had trouble blending the skin in, so that took a bit longer than usual. I'm glad you like it, and thanks for the fave!
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combatmaster Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
I'm glad too :highfive:
I love the blending, it looks natural. One thing I always wondered is do mermaid have gills or do they breathe oxygen? :confused:
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:iconjudgeofdeath:
JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
Hm, not sure, people interpret them differently. Mine's suppose to breath through her skin and is similar to a mudskipper (type of amphibious fish) that can go on land. So she can't stray too off the water as she needs to keep her skin wet to breathe.
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combatmaster Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
that makes sense since the skin absorbs the majority of particles it comes in contact with :nod: I was never sure since the Little Mermaid never had gills but those on Harry Potter and that book I read that I can't recall the name of at the moment had gills :shrug:
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
Wow! I've never seen a more beautiful mermaid! I love the highlights and the background too! Very nicely done! :)
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:iconjudgeofdeath:
JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
Thank you Decarabia! Haven't talked to you in a while, hope you've been feeling better :)
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:icondecarabia69:
Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
Oh yeah, I've been fine. I saw you post in Kip's journal recently and was wondering how you've been as well. Glad to see you're doing some new (and cool) art! I loved your mermaid, I never really cared for the half human, half fish depiction as the image ALWAYS raises a unique suspicion of their origins. ;)
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JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
Glad to hear you're doing good. Being away from the computer felt great, but after coming back, I had tons of stuff to do and messages to return. I'm really happy you like this piece :D
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
Yes, sometimes real life catches up with us, doesn't it? I'm glad to see you back AND painting again. As always, I'm anxious to see more of your new stuff. :)
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JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
Yeah, it does. I saw my last painting before I did this recent one and realized I haven't done anything for six months. And thanks, I'm working on some thumbnail sketches and will see if I want to develop them further.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
It's been awhile for me too, although I'm getting back in the groove. The major distraction now is the weather - we've been experiencing 100°F+ temperatures lately. I usually paint on the back porch where my big compressor is located.
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JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
That's good to hear. I know what you mean about the heat (although 100°F is way too hot!!) I can't be on the computer when it's really hot (but most of the time I have to.) I'm usually in a small room with at least 4 computers so it's like a sauna even with a few fans on.
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KurenaiSakura Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
Very beautiful, I love the tone.
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:iconjudgeofdeath:
JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
Thank you!
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Maivale Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
I really like the reflection of the light on her skin, and you really captured the sense of movement with the water and the pose and everything =0
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:iconjudgeofdeath:
JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
Thanks Mai, :)
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:iconkzeor:
kzeor Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
I don't think you realize how talented you are. I love this. She seems to be in motion. The water seems to be flowing off of her body naturally due to the force of her movement. Again, your atmosphere and background is so well done. If I could give this more than a fave, I would.
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