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The Little Mermaid (H.C. Andersen) by Alsdale The Little Mermaid (H.C. Andersen) by Alsdale
"The tall ship pitched and rolled as it sped through the angry sea. The waves rose up like towering black mountains, as if they would break over the masthead, but the swan-like ship plunged into the valleys between such waves, and emerged to ride their lofty heights. To the little mermaid this seemed good sport, but to the sailors it was nothing of the sort. The ship creaked and labored, thick timbers gave way under the heavy blows, waves broke over the ship, the mainmast snapped in two like a reed, the ship listed over on its side, and water burst into the hold.

"Now the little mermaid saw that people were in peril, and that she herself must take care to avoid the beams and wreckage tossed about by the sea. One moment it would be black as pitch, and she couldn't see a thing. Next moment the lightning would flash so brightly that she could distinguish every soul on board. Everyone was looking out for himself as best he could. She watched closely for the young Prince, and when the ship split in two she saw him sink down in the sea. At first she was overjoyed that he would be with her, but then she recalled that human people could not live under the water, and he could only visit her father's palace as a dead man. No, he should not die! So she swam in among all the floating planks and beams, completely forgetting that they might crush her. She dived through the waves and rode their crests, until at length she reached the young Prince, who was no longer able to swim in that raging sea. His arms and legs were exhausted, his beautiful eyes were closing, and he would have died if the little mermaid had not come to help him. She held his head above water, and let the waves take them wherever the waves went."

~Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid www.online-literature.com/hans…


H.C. Andersen's little mermaid sells her tongue to the sea witch and endures constant pain in exchange for legs and the chance to win the heart of the prince whose life she saved. She is a fragile and tormented character, driven to self-sacrifice and eventually suicide by unrequited love. Upon her death, her suffering and loyalty in life earn her the chance to prove herself worthy of an immortal soul as one of the daughters of the air.


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Watercolor on paper, 12"x18". Prints are available for $10 and up in my deviantART print shop.

My aim with this painting was to mark my progress over the last few years (2006-2013) by revisiting an old sketch: alsdale.deviantart.com/art/the…

AAH! Daily Deviation?! Thanks everyone for your comments, I promise to respond soon! Thank you to =Inku-inku for the suggestion and ^Astralseed for the feature!
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Given 2013-08-29
The Little Mermaid (H.C. Andersen) by *Alsdale ( Suggested by Burdfeet and Featured by Astralseed )
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Adamantiel Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016
Wow, what a lot of work! Did you draw the frame on?

This is pretty impressive.
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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you!  yep, painted frame!  A little crooked, to my dismay
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:iconadamantiel:
Adamantiel Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016
Hahah, that's ok, it still looks great. =)

So you did it freehand then?
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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ha, thanks.  I mean, I used a ruler.  And a combo circle template for the cross at the center.  I'm not crazy.  (Lesson learned in my graphic design class: it's worth the effort not to half-ass geometric features ... their symmetry is kind of the point).  But I always get a bit lazy when borders come together about making sure they meet at a 90 degree angle.
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:iconadamantiel:
Adamantiel Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016
Yeah, that geometry stuff is hard work. But I suppose after a while it all falls into place and then it becomes second nature. Can you draw a perfect circle?

What else did you learn in graphic design class?
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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can I draw a perfect circle freehand?  Probably not, but I can get close.  But why bother, when I can just throw down a plastic template?

I suppose I learned some basic rules of composition in graphic design (we spent a lot of time talking about how your eye moves when it sees an image, but a lot of it rang false to me).  The most important thing that class taught me was patience.  You can't half-ass patterns or geometry.  It's also where I started getting an interest in adding geometry and borders to my illustrations and playing a bit with mixing flat and 3D.  Though I can also blame Alphonse Mucha for that.

Have you had formal art training?
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:iconadamantiel:
Adamantiel Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016
Yeah, I kknow what you mean. Why bother? Cus you might get it perfect one day! =P

I can't draw a perfect circle yet. Haven't really worked on it, but I think I can achieve it. =)

"(we spent a lot of time talking about how your eye moves when it sees an image, but a lot of it rang false to me)."

Ooo, please tell me more about this. Like what? Did you learn rule of thirds? Cus I just saw a video yesterday with Ian Plant and he was saying that he always breaks that rule and that it's not really a good rule cus it seems to confine a lot of students.

Alphonse Mucha... I just looked him up. Thank you! I love his style. So much good stuff. Really good artist. And yeah, Sergio has good ink work, but he also does watercolor. =) But I'll answer that more in your comment on him.

Nope! No formal art training. Although, this is what no formal art training can do:

geekartgallery.blogspot.ca/201…
36.media.tumblr.com/30d674e368…

(Ruben Ramos)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Div…

(Michelangelo admittedly was learning to paint as he painted the Sistine. "I'm a sculptor, not a painter.)

s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/7…

(Simon Bisley. He has no formal art training either.)

Hope you liked that. If you have more artists to share, please do. =)

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Alsdale Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry for the super long time to respond!  Things got crazy for a while (and actually I'm about to go camping for almost two weeks, so expect a long delay next time around too :D ). 

The rule of thirds is an excellent guide for getting started in composition, but yeah, I don't feel limited by it.  I'm always aware of it these days though when I start laying things out.  I think the first time I used it consciously was with Carai an Ellisande.  I've also been playing around a bit with other compositions too, like triangular (The Innkeepers of Newarre) and L-shaped The Twa Sisters

I'm not sure I have a good handle on this "how your eye moves around the page" stuff, honestly.  To often I think my eye is headed a different direction from everyone else.  But I often use fine lines to unify the background and draw the viewer's eye to the focal point, like in The Little Mermaid (H.C. Andersen) and Ave, Frater (Pendergast) (and more subtly in Safe (figures by MartAiConan) ).  I picked that up from Gustave Dore's woodblock prints,which I basically worship (a book of his illustrations is one of only three of four art books that I've kept close for reference over the years).  Anyway, it's a learning experience, but I like playing with things and seeing how they turn out!  I'm still looking for a good opportunity to try a circular composition.

I have total respect for self-taught artists.  I'm sort of in the middle somewhere.  I took art lessons as a kid, but it was just an excuse to play around with art supplies on the weekends in my small town in the middle of nowhere.  It's not like I was the protege of a great artist or anything.  Still, practice is everything with art.  And my art teacher encouraged me to keep a sketchbook, which was totally formative for me.  I also got a minor in Fine Art from undergrad ... the program was poorly ranked, and it was maybe five introductory classes worth of material?  But again, it was a good start.  I've learned the most though from the internet and convos like this :D

My favorite contemporary artists are probably Stephanie Pui Mun Law puimun.deviantart.com/, Julie Dillon (2015 Hugo award winner!) juliedillon.deviantart.com/, and Jenny Dolfen gold-seven.deviantart.com/. For imagination and composition, Julie Dillon is really a cut above any other artist I follow.
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GingerbreadSagas Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is absolutely amazing! I've always loved The Little Mermaid, and this is for sure the most beautiful art work I've seen based on the fairy tale.  
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Alsdale Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, what a lovely compliment!
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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool!  Thank you!
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EvaGataArtist Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
deeply beautiful <3
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VerityLaCroix Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
I would comment but I am speechless at how amazing this is! :-D
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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha, thanks so much!  and welcome to dA!
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VerityLaCroix Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
:-D You are more than welcome and thank you :-D
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carrie-lou Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nicely illustrated! superb!
^_^
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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you!
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carrie-lou Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome! :D
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moontiger5 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Breathtakingly lovely.
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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you!
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:iconmoontiger5:
moontiger5 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Welcome!
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m33mt33n Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
great work
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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you :)
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m33mt33n Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
you're wecome :)
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Charlene-Art Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your portrayal of the tale!
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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks!
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KingeTB Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student
In such pose it looks like the prince has tail too(if not to look at the feet) )
That's beautiful, despite it's dark and gloomy) A whole fairytale in one picture)
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks so much for the kind words!  I'm glad it made an impression!
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Cinder-Chandrian Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Actually, I wanted suggest it as DD but I saw that it already got it ^^ This is so brilliant! I love the magical atmosphere.
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!  I was so surprised it got a DD!  
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Eiraina Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is nothing short of incredible! I applaud you!
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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, thank you so much!
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Adriana-Watashi Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
incrível!
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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
obrigada!
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:iconkgusel:
Kgusel Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Beautiful work!
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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you!
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AbysmalSecrets Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student General Artist
This. Is AMAZING! no wonder you got a daily deviation! congratulations on that as well! I love this picture, it's so cool! :squee:
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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha, thank you  Glad you like it!  :happybounce: 
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AbysmalSecrets Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student General Artist
you're welcome! :)
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TheLearningArtist Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD! You must have put a lot of work into this.
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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, I think I put in well over 200 hours on it.  So thank you for appreciating it, it makes the effort more worthwhile :D
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TheLearningArtist Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's incredible. The DD is well deserved.
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:iconmtcarpenter:
MTCarpenter Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Outstanding.

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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks very much :D
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prismpower23 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is some crazy detail! And some major improvement too! :wow: 
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation.:clap:
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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks so much!  Several years of practice really does make a difference, thank heavens!
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chinoise56 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Wonderful

 

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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you :)
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