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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 Inku-inku and Featured by Astralseed )
:iconevagataartist:
EvaGataArtist Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
deeply beautiful <3
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:iconveritylacroix:
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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:iconveritylacroix:
VerityLaCroix Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
:-D You are more than welcome and thank you :-D
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:iconcarrie-lou:
carrie-lou Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist 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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:iconcarrie-lou:
carrie-lou Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
your welcome! :D
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:iconmoontiger5:
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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:iconm33mt33n:
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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:iconm33mt33n:
m33mt33n Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
you're wecome :)
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:iconcharmed-ravenclaw:
Charmed-Ravenclaw 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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:iconkingetb:
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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:iconalsdale:
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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:iconcinder-chandrian:
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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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!  I was so surprised it got a DD!  
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:iconeiraina:
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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:iconadriana-watashi:
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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:iconabysmalsecrets:
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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:iconabysmalsecrets:
AbysmalSecrets Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student General Artist
you're welcome! :)
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:iconthelearningartist:
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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:iconthelearningartist:
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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:iconprismpower23:
prismpower23 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013   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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:iconchinoise56:
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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:icontare-musume:
tare-musume Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
crazy detail!
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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks! the details are the most fun :)
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:icongoodnight-melbourne:
Goodnight-Melbourne Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013   Traditional Artist
oh dear god!! :jawdrop: :worship:
how you made those fine stripes btw?
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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha thanks! :happybounce:   
The stripes weren't too tricky to make.  I've got a size 00 round brush that I use all the time.  I painted the background colors first of course (with shadows and texture) and then just took a really super long time to 'draw' in the wavy black lines on top.  I didn't paint them out all the way from the middle to the edge though, I painted one background color at a time.
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Goodnight-Melbourne Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
still you succeed to match the lines with the next ones - that's  awesome.
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:iconpetalomam:
PetaloMaM Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Congratulations on the DD, you deserve it!
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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!!
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional
sweet job
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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks!
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:iconevilscarrlett:
EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, beautiful!
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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks!
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:iconevilscarrlett:
EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :)
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