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The little mermaid sighed, and looked sorrowfully at her fish’s tail. “I know what you want,” said the sea witch; “It is very stupid of you, but you shall have your way, and it will bring you to sorrow, my pretty princess."

This is an Illustration based on the Fairy Tale "The Little Mermaid" in my vision. The original story is by Hans Christian Anderson.

As with all the other Illustrations in this collection I'm doing my influence on the original stories. Here I wanted to make the mermaid of a different species than what the typical do. Her hair refused to be any color other than blue so I had to oblige. I chose to make the "Sea Witch" a fish being so many in the sea and they seem somewhat docile creatures. So to say they would seem trustworthy...

I kept this color pallet harshly restricted to blues and greens. It was one of the hardest things to do to be confined to not add in foreign colors to an established color key. The goal from the start with this piece was to Keep it very simple and not over detail anything. I hope it gives it the storybook illustration feel. I always hate when I have to loose my sketch lines in my paintings so it stayed for this one.

This story in particular has always held a soft spot in my heart because I was exposed to the cartoon based on the original story as a child. I believe it was done in Japan. It affected how I viewed fairy tales in conjunction to the real stories and "Disney" so to say. Anyways on to the next!

Painter/Photoshop
6 hours
© Jessa Sininger

Here is the step-by-step Illustration Tutorial for this piece: [link]
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Rodlox Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016
she actually looks sad in this; normally, depictions of the Little Mermaid may have her frowning, but the rest of her is cheerful.

and a parrotfish witch; very nice.

(I confess, the small click-on-this picture (that led to this page) looked like the mermaid was smoking a cigarette)  sorry
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ani147 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015
This is the first fanart of "The Little Mermaid" I see , which actually represents the atmopshere of the original story, not that colorful disney sh*t!Yato is adorable(sorry for the swearing)
It's lovely and beautifulYato Smiling Icon  Yato-Smileplz 
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jbsdesigns Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
Thanks!
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anahiroart Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the underwater effect! It always pleases me to look at your stuff, its so pretty :3
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jbsdesigns Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Thanks so much : )
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rainbowstardragon123 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
really brilliant having her companion being a parrot fish, given the theme of changing when you mature
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Semi-Crazy Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist
This is such a beautiful picture. The use of a few specific colors gives it a an ethereal look. The light redactions are resplendent. The teal and turquoise color scheme is especially dear to me.
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jbsdesigns Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Thank you!
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mad-y Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful!
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jbsdesigns Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Thanks!
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Pennyspy65 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Gorgeous dappled light and the darker palette works beautifully, great work, like it a lot :D
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jbsdesigns Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Thanks!
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Paul-A-Newman Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. You have a fantastic gallery!
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jbsdesigns Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Thanks!
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Fictional-Fact Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
i love this. the color is great.
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jbsdesigns Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Thank you!
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AndornArakh Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
I like how you gave her a more "centauric" look rather than just a fish tail
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jbsdesigns Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Thanks!
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nmil2526 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how her tail is that brown color and isn't very showy and distracting. Something so simple is so beautiful ^^
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jbsdesigns Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Thanks!
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Very pretty! I love the underwater effect! :heart:
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jbsdesigns Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Thanks!
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michaelfierce Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Artist
Memorable!
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jbsdesigns Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Thanks!
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caroll-in Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I simply love the under-water effect and the way her hair flows... :love:
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shermonsinmango Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, man. I love the way that the light from above shines down on the mermaid and fish
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jbsdesigns Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Thanks so much : )
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KCmasterpiece321 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Wow this picture is gorgeous! Love it! ^_^
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jbsdesigns Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Thanks!
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Merme87 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
I love the colors, this is beautiful. :) Also, interesting take on the Sea Witch.
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jbsdesigns Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
Thanks!
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Silme037 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
this is beautifully done. I love the design of your mermaid tail :D
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jbsdesigns Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
Thank you : )
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ricky0701 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
Absolutely stunning! I feel like I'm underwater when I look at this. I love how her tail actually looks like a fish's tail, fantastic job!
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jbsdesigns Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
Thanks a bunch!
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Mee-Lin Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011   General Artist
Beautiful. It really looks like an underwater scene!
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jbsdesigns Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Thanks so much!
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Mee-Lin Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011   General Artist
Welcome!
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CherryRiceSammich Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The underwater lighting is amazing!
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jbsdesigns Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
Thank you so much : )
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Nafah Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is so beautiful! You make underwater lighting look so easy! :heart:
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jbsdesigns Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Thanks a bunch!
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justclaire44 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
beautiful : )
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jbsdesigns Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Thanks : )
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ninjakitty-17 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really really well done!
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BroadwayBound123 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
I love your interpration, :+fav:
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LunaPrincessNinjato Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011   Digital Artist
very nice detailed work this is a very nice looking picture
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jbsdesigns Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
Thanks : )
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LunaPrincessNinjato Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011   Digital Artist
your welcome
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Avernion Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
I just love the watery feeling this picture has. Lords. And you make it looks so smooth and soft and wavey :heart:
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