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ACEO The Little Mermaid by Achen089 ACEO The Little Mermaid by Achen089
I'm on a roll these last few days! :D
I found some time today to finish the next fairytale in my ACEO series, the (not so happy) Little Mermaid. :woohoo:
I listened to lots of appropriately sad classical music while painting it.

You can see the rest of this collection here -> [link]
And here you can find the sketch [link] .

Pencil,watercolours, 6.4 cm x 8.9 cm.
Based on Hans Christian Andersen's tragic tale of unrequited love of course.
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:iconsergej12345:
Sergej12345 Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Stunning!
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:iconkumakoo:
Kumakoo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015   Artisan Crafter
Wow, this is so beautiful.
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:iconyohannpolochon:
YohannPolochon Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional Filmographer
beautiful ! i love the way you used watercolors !!
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:iconcopper9lives:
copper9lives Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for not illustrating the Disney version! This is so wistful and beautiful...
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:iconantonoglou:
Antonoglou Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Ισως απο τις πιο ομορφες δουλειες σου... η εκφραση της κοπελας ειναι μαγευτικη... ο πριγκηπας μοιαζει να ειναι μαρμαρωμενος... πραγμα που το κανει πιο δραματικο... Ειναι σαν να βλεπεις ενα ολοκληρο παραμυθι σε ΜΙΑ και ΜΟΝΟ ζωγραφια...

Θα ηθελα πραγματικα να δω το προσωπο σου... το προσωπο της καλλιτεχνιδας... που βγαζει ΤΕΤΟΙΕΣ εικονες...

Ποσταρε μια φωτογραφια σου...
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:iconclassically-fragile:
classically-fragile Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014   Photographer
So beautiful, her expression is just perfect and at first she reminded me of Undine. 
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:iconbravemera21:
bravemera21 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it,Waaaah! Frozen - HUG! 
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:iconlecura:
Lecura Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
You've made something so familiar so incredibly sad. I've never looked at this scenario the way I look at it now. It's beautiful. (As is all your other work. :heart:)
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:iconkazinczyferko:
KazinczyFerko Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I love this so much, it can be anyone longing to be with the man they love. Could i draw a sketch of this? 
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:iconlowrich:
LowriCH Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
I love your work so much
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
I'm very happy to hear that, thank you! :)
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:iconacegallagher:
acegallagher Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is absolutely beautiful ^^ So soft and light; the watercolors really add to the feel. Well done!
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:iconangelic-painter:
Angelic-Painter Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Preeetty, But, isn't her hair red?
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:iconcammiec:
CammieC Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just adore your drawings !! :)
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:iconprincepedro:
PrincePedro Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Absolutely beautiful!
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:iconpadmelina:
Padmelina Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning work! It really looks like Anderson's Little Mermaid!
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:icondesigns-by-loulie:
Designs-by-Loulie Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely beautiful and a real credit to you!
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:iconyukiangel93:
YukiAngel93 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love it! <3
Its so beautiful!
And you can really see the feeling in her eyes <3
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:iconkazuko93:
kazuko93 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
When ever I see this, I see the longing expression...a wish to be with her prince.
the love in her eyes are so bittersweet too
the way her hand is positioned on the statues heart...
its like I can already feel her pain just by looking at her
You.are.a.true.artist.
awesome, just awesome
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your wonderful comment. Reading it was a great compliment to my work. :)
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:icongryffgirl:
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Gorgeous painting of the real, true and superior version! :heart:
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:iconlozrocksmysocks77:
LOZRocksmysocks77 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
This is awesome, your so talented!!!! :love:
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:iconladyadela:
LadyAdela Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Stunning, and amazing work on her hair!
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:iconsayhellotoart:
sayhellotoart Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so beautiful. I adore the muted colors. It portrays the emotion of the piece very well.
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:iconfavolee:
Favolee Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sooooo beautiful! :heart:
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2ndtoOne Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like The Little Mermaid, (the fairy tale, not the movie. ;) (Which I haven't seen, incidentally, but...)). I love the wistfulness you've instilled into this piece. Beautiful work!
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I tried my best to show her longing in such a small space so i'm super pleased to hear it shows. :)
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:icon2ndtoone:
2ndtoOne Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very welcome.
Yes, it shows. :)
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:iconpandafaith:
PandaFaith Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Beautiful
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:iconkelleybean86:
kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Her expression is perfect. Great job!
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:iconcj-db:
CJ-DB Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
Great job and very pretty :love:
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:iconbloomy-gloomy:
bloomy-gloomy Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This picture reminds me of Botticelli. Probably the hair. :D
Also, I love your work, all of your images are so beautiful!
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:iconfarothiel:
Farothiel Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
My favourite fairy tale! You've managed to capture the essence of it perfectly. Lovely work!
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your compliment on this!
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:iconfarothiel:
Farothiel Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
My pleasure! :)
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:iconstraywords:
StrayWords Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh this is amazing :) Her expression is stunning, and I absolutely love the seaweed and pearls weaved into her hair.
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:iconbecsketch:
becsketch Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Such longing and emotion in her eyes, a beautiful aching piece
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconelriaen:
Elriaen Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
I think I have your fairytale book...
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
I'm not sure what you mean..?
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:iconelriaen:
Elriaen Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Oh sorry, should have explained that a bit more. It came from seeing the Cinderella picture and this one together. I think the fairytale book you had as a child that influenced your idea of the time period of Cinderella and the look of the Little Mermaid here is one I also have on my shelf.
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:iconjanetctran:
janetctran Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
love the emotion in her eyes. astounding
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:iconsuna-chem:
suna-chem Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow.. just wow. you really captured the mood of the original fairytale of Andersen..
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:iconlawenta:
Lawenta Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The expressions and shading here are just wonderful.

When I was little, I always wondered why does it end sadly if it's a fairytale. But there need to be sad ends sometimes, so that we treasure the happy ends all the more.
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
True. They were some soft of teachings too so some of them had to have a realistic, unhappy ending i suppose. :D I also believe H. C. Andersen had a somewhat unhappy personal life as well so it makes sense. :)

Thanks for your nice comment. :)
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:iconlawenta:
Lawenta Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There's a lot to learn from this story, I think. At the very least that sometimes, no matter how much we sacrifice, our only reward for love will be happiness of the loved one. Unrequited love isn't less pure, or less important. It's part of our experience, too.

:)
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013   Traditional Artist
Beautifully said. :nod:
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:iconiloveanimation26:
Iloveanimation26 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
the expression is amazing
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:iconyume-sakurai:
Yume-Sakurai Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student General Artist
very beautiful and touching ^^
πολύ όμορφο!
(is that right? sry I'm such a poor example of a half-greek, lol!)
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
Yes, that's right! :D Thank you!
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