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August 29, 2012
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Beauty of the Abyss by KuroCyou Beauty of the Abyss by KuroCyou
le me trying to draw realistic background. Failed :icondisappointplz:

I'm not very satisfied of this, but I've preferred not to work anynmore on the bg because it was getting too confusing...

Tell me what do you think please

Thank you so much for the feedback! *^* I didn't really expect so much appreciation! :la:

on the advice of ~Sinlinus I modified a bit the shading on the hairline. I don't know if that's what you mean, but I hope it's better ^^

WIP here: [link]

Medium: Paint Tool SAI and Photoshop CS4
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Because of the way that water distorts vision the more water you're looking through, I think the background works quite well. You certainly shouldn't consider it a failure. The high detail close to the viewer and the vaguer and vaguer appearance the further back it goes only enhances the depth of the image.

Really nice use of light on her tail, giving it a very touchable, rounded quality. The flukes are a little lacking in this and look a bit flat in comparison to her fins. They appear to be thin and fluttery tissue, but aren't curving through the water or being affected by currents. On the other hands, the fins at her waist are just perfect. You've caught the look of thin living tissue fluttering through water very accurately.

The scales on her breasts are my favorite part in this. I really love the light play, particularly on the near side. The breast in profile looks as though the scales don't go all the way around it. The tail is beautiful the way it is, but I am curious about how it might have looked if you'd done similar scaling there. Something to consider if you revisit this concept!

Really nice work on her fingers and the way locks of her hair have separated out in the water. The ear being behind her upper arm and then projecting over her lower arm adds good depth, as well.

The only part that just doesn't work for me is her hairline (?), as I'm not sure what's going on there. Is her hairline uneven, with tufts of hair growing out separately, or is this some sort of flesh frill covering up part of her hairline? I assume the former, but I think some darker shadows and maybe a bit of light reflecting off of what's supposed to be in the foreground there would help clear it up.

All in all, this is really beautiful. Definitely an image best admired in a larger size, too. :)
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aliursa Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Very pretty, great work with all the shading and detail!
Mira3Lawlz Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty *u*
KuroCyou Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student
Mira3Lawlz Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome OuO
mikimikimchi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
she's very pretty but if i may say so, her tail could use a bit more scale texture. other than that, the whole underwater feel is just right for me. :love:
KuroCyou Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student
thank you for the feedback :meow: the next mermaid I'll draw I'll try to be less lazy xD
mikimikimchi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
you're welcome. :pat:
AzaleaMoon Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
This is gorgeous, I really love the textures n_n
KuroCyou Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student
thank you!
Yasmeeeen Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
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