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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
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EDIT:

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]

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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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:iconaliursa:
aliursa Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Very pretty, great work with all the shading and detail!
-Kay
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:iconmira3lawlz:
Mira3Lawlz Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty *u*
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:iconkurocyou:
KuroCyou Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student
thanks~
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:iconmira3lawlz:
Mira3Lawlz Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome OuO
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:iconmikimikimchi:
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:
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:iconkurocyou:
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
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:iconmikimikimchi:
mikimikimchi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
you're welcome. :pat:
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:iconazaleamoon:
AzaleaMoon Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
This is gorgeous, I really love the textures n_n
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:iconkurocyou:
KuroCyou Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student
thank you!
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:iconyasmeeeen:
Yasmeeeen Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
nice
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:iconartistminchen:
ArtistMinChen Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A beautiful picture. I love her pose and the way she looks at one. Also the colours are very nice. All in all the picture has a special atmosphere and a nice touch. Good work :D
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:iconkurocyou:
KuroCyou Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student
thank you so much! :happybounce:
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:iconxxsilentashxx:
XxSilentAshxX Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She is a beauty indeed!~ Wonderful use of the colors. Reminds me of the ocean quite wonderfully. c:
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:iconkurocyou:
KuroCyou Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student
thank you! :3
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:iconxxsilentashxx:
XxSilentAshxX Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome~
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:iconscumpi:
scumpi Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
molto molto bello ...
Ps. Love it !!
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:iconkurocyou:
KuroCyou Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student
grazie! :meow:
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:iconmpsebastian:
Mpsebastian Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work i love it!
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:iconcharlottejks:
Charlottejks Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The pose you have used for the mermaid is very creative, I love how this brings the attention to her straight away :)
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:iconkurocyou:
KuroCyou Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student
thank you ^^
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:iconwalldryx45:
Walldryx45 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a Excellent work :clap:
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:iconyakuun:
Yakuun Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
The colouring is great!
And i really love the hair!
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:iconfer-guzman:
Fer-Guzman Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, you have a great composition. Looks amazing, specially the shadows and the lights.
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:iconkurocyou:
KuroCyou Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student
thank you!
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:iconheartedpixels:
HeartedPixels Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello there! Let me just tell you right now that you are very talented with what you do in your art and hope you get recognized for it, but I would like to ask you a question.

Would you mind if I would make a base of this picture and credit you? If you don't know what a base is here's the explanation I usually use. "Pixel line-arts of bald/naked people that you draw on to create your own character. A base can include hair, extra poses, or optional clothes to get you started."

If you wish for me not to do this, carry on with your great artwork.
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:iconkurocyou:
KuroCyou Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Student
Thank you so much!
I know what a base is xD I think there are no problems if you make one on my drawing :iconismileplz:
(Anyway I suggest you to review her shoulder because I think it's a bit strange, now that I see it again after some time)
Remember to credit me! ;)
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:iconheartedpixels:
HeartedPixels Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll try my best. ^^ It might be awhile before it's done, or even start on it, due to school work and afternoon stuff.
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QTroubadour Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Good way to learn to do realism is to find actual photos and re-paint them, copying them as close as you can, taking notes on how things work and look. This looks great, especially the mermaid. :clap:
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:iconkurocyou:
KuroCyou Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student
thank you ^^
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:iconmeema:
Meema Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work!
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:icontsubasa-yume0793:
Tsubasa-Yume0793 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
this looks pretty cool :D awesome job (^O^)=b
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:iconkurocyou:
KuroCyou Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student
thank you dear :hug:
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:icontsubasa-yume0793:
Tsubasa-Yume0793 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
you;re welcome ^^
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:icond0minatus:
D0minatus Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Sympas!
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:iconimmortal-physicist:
Immortal-Physicist Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No no, the background looks beautiful :D
She's very lovely, i like the sheen on her scales :heart:
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:iconkurocyou:
KuroCyou Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student
thank you! *^*
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:iconimmortal-physicist:
Immortal-Physicist Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are most welcome :D
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:iconnightkidlaura:
nightkidlaura Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
over all i like her, but i wish the scales on her breasts were mimiced in the tail and i agree with sinlinus that the hair line is odd
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:iconcoocatdiva:
CooCatDiva Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
her elbow end in an extremely sharp awkward point, but this is really just gorgeous.
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:iconkurocyou:
KuroCyou Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student
eheh, she can kill you with it XP
thanks~
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:iconoconpo0:
oconpo0 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Beautiful & very majestic. I love it.
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:iconkyuukei:
Kyuukei Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Student General Artist
This is awesome. I love the color techniques you applied here.
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:iconmarx2:
Marx2 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning ^^
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:iconcici88:
Cici88 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Io penso sia splendido. Adoro l'effetto acqua abissale, e adoro l'effetto di luci ed ombre sulla pelle della sirena. Davvero un ottimo lavoro, complimenti <3
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:iconjennlaa:
JennLaa Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful work!
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:iconmcmxc2:
MCMXC2 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Che splendore!
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:iconjmdespain:
JMDespain Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think the background looks good. Great job!
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:iconkurocyou:
KuroCyou Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student
thanks~ :D
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:iconjosmir:
JosMir Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ma che bella!!!** bravissima x3
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:iconkurocyou:
KuroCyou Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student
grazie!! :D
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