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Jenny's Ocean by MidoriiBlue Jenny's Ocean by MidoriiBlue
I finally finished this one for my beautiful friend, Jenny. The original plan was to make her into a fairy, but I just couldn't find a composition that I liked with the reference photos I had taken of her. So, here she is as a mermaid. I don't think she minded so much anyways. Her birthday is in November so I worked a few things with that into the piece.....there is a scorpio constellation, the flower in her hair is the flower of November = Crysanthium, her element is water - thus mermaid and ocean, etc.
I am still working on my coloring skills, so this isn't exactly as I want it, but I am slowly learning what works and doesn't work for this medium.
Sorry for the poor picture quality. I just shot it quick with my digital camera. I am going to have it properly scanned eventually.
EDIT: This is now a scanned copy. The details more crisp, but the colors are a bit off.

I used this reference for the wave [link] from :iconmanaphoto-stock:


Colored Pencils on green toned Mi-Tientes paper.
Original size: approx 13in x 8in

Copyright: *Midorii88

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:iconzakkiya29:
zakkiya29 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great composition! :)
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:iconmidoriiblue:
MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks so much!! =D
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Jelisaveta96 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist
this is so beautiful .... :heart:
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:iconmidoriiblue:
MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I am glad you think so! :love:
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Wildphoenix22 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the composition and little details like the hanging stars. Nice coloring as well! :)
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:iconmidoriiblue:
MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much! :love:
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allison712 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've been featured! :iconyayzplz: [link]
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rinaswan Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice idea for hanging (or falling?) star! :D Though her fin looks superficially like a dry leaf, the overall image is cool and well-designed. :aww:
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:iconmidoriiblue:
MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! =D
The hanging stars are a classic Art Nouveau touch so I cannot take originality credit there :nod:
What can I say, I like wavy lines on my tail and wanted to keep the colors earthy :shrug:
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glassie Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Really beautiful, I could see it in a story book. :3
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:iconmidoriiblue:
MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks so much!!
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:iconjoeyv7:
joeyv7 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Nice design and composition :)
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:iconmidoriiblue:
MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thank-ye! :blowkiss:
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SusanR Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
So lovely.
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:iconmidoriiblue:
MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much! :blowkiss:
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AuraKiss Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not only are they two different mediums the pictures are different because you show so much more of the mermaid than the other artist. Whether you used her picture as inspiration or not doesn't matter because they are different. In my opinion I like yours better.
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:iconmidoriiblue:
MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Ahhh, thanks so much...you're too sweet! :hug:'s
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bippityboppityboo22 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008
[link] The concept of your drawing looks a lot like a wannabe copy of this famous fantasy artist's painting. Her name is Selina Fenech. If you referenced her painting you should give her some credit. 8 /
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SalsolaStock Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008
I am gobsmacked at the blunt nerve and ignorance of your comment.

Ms. Fenech herself lists many artists and movements as influences. These include her contemporaries Amy Brown and Jessica Galbreth. Using your misguided logic, Ms. Fenech could be accused of being a wannabe Brown [link] or wannabe Galbreth [link] as these are just two of their works that share elements with Fenech's Moon Maiden.

All of these works, and Midorii88 's, incorporate classical feminine poses that you can find throughtout art and photography. Many of the elements, such as the moon, are cross-cultural symbols. The simple yet ornate line styles obviously draw on the art nouveau movement.


All art is influenced by everything the artist sees and experiences. Artists also cover the same themes and draw from collective symbology. For instance, Da Vinci was far from the first (or the last) person to render a version of The Last Supper. [link]) . There is enough true ripping of art going on. Please refrain from unwarranted attacks on what are unique creative works simply because you recognize some elements.
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know where or what you're looking at, but *midorii88's deviation bears no resemblance to Selina's painting called Moon Mermaid. The only time you'd have the right to say that it looked like a "wanna be copy" is if she drew the mermaid in the exact same pose, same hair, same face, same colors, basically what the word "copy" implies. However, there is no reason why anyone can not draw a mermaid, much less one sitting in a pose like that, as long as other elements don't look "exactly" the same. And none of them do. Selina's piece doesn't have huge waves looming behind her, no does it have the Art Nouveau style bordering around it. You really could have been a bit more discreet with your accusations, or at least ask the artist first before you jump to conclusions.
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MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
I did not reference her picture, I took pictures of my friend I made this for as reference. This was the pose she wanted and was the main factor in my design. I am familiar with Selina's work, perhaps somewhere in the back of my head her piece somehow influenced mine, but I absolutely did not reference her piece for my own. I am glad you are being a watchdog for other artist, but I would caution you to refrain from using such terms as "wannabe" and word your 'questions' carefully to prevent sounding accusatory before you know the facts. 8/

Thanks.
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AmberCrystalElf Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I must agree with Solarissky - really beautiful :D
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:iconmidoriiblue:
MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much!! Your comment really means alot to me! :hug:'s
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AmberCrystalElf Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Pleasure dear :glomp: :D
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SashaFitzgerald Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
The composition is beautiful, and her back is so long and arched ^_^ I love it! :D
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:iconmidoriiblue:
MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks!! I rember I had to force her to do that with her back for the reference photo, since most of us don't do it naturally. It just looks more graceful that way, I think.
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SashaFitzgerald Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I totally agree, long arched backs are much sexier! :aww:
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Professional General Artist
This is a gorgeous piece... the composition, the frame, the pose, the details... I really love this piece. You did a really great job. I bet your friend will love it! :)
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:iconmidoriiblue:
MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks so much! She did really like it...I was so glad!!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yay, that's great! :)
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JudithMayr Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well you did a nice job coloring her. I especially like her tail. You put quite a bit of patience into it and that shows. Good work with the highlighting of the scales. Did you use any white for that? If not a teeny tiny touch here and there might help you get that additional little sparkle next time. You could also go with a really light shade of green or even a touch of yellow. But that just as a sidenote, since I really like the overall impression of the entire color scheme you used here.
Also, awesome job with the wave in the background. You got it down in a very convincing manner. Even if you're still practising with the medium you're definitely on the best way!

I hope your friend liked her present. :)
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:iconmidoriiblue:
MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for the nice comment and tips!!
I did use some white oil pastel, but I think it got a little mucked up after so it ended up less bright in the end. Next time I think I will try a soft pastel for the white - we'll see what works. I never thought of the lighter shades of green or yellow, I will remember that!
My friend loves it, but she is the so sweet and sincere that she would have loved anything I did for her.
Thanks again for taking time to comment here!! :glomp:
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JudithMayr Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oil pastel, especially the white one, has a tendency to catch up other colors. I think in a CP piece you would indeed be better off with a white colored pencil or soft pastels.

Or, if you want it to really stand out you could use a touch of china white or acrylic white really really sparsely here and there. Just don't go overboard with those then :)
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:iconmidoriiblue:
MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Will do, thanks again!
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Lisadora Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lovely
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:iconmidoriiblue:
MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much!!
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MelissaDawn Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
Very pretty, you did a great job with the pose :)
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:iconmidoriiblue:
MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much! I had a photo ref of my friend so that helped, although I still made the arm a little short...oh well =D
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MelissaDawn Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
You're welcome! :D
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ailime Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
soo very cute and soft and tender :D lovely shading - pose, attitude :D
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:iconmidoriiblue:
MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for the comment!!! :blowkiss:
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ailime Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
:D was my pleasure darling :D
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know what, Rissa ... I think this is wonderful! :clap: The concept is so creative with the Scorpio constellation and the flower of the month, as well as the representation of the mermaid. It's very personalized, which already makes it lovely. I think your coloring skills are right on track. I love the way you colored it. It reminds me of Art Nouveau illustrations, and the stylized form of the wave, and the pretty frame. I think this was time very well spent, and the outcome is very pleasing. I hope your frined Jenny likes this. I know I do. :)
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:iconmidoriiblue:
MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
:blush: Awww, you are so sweet!! I really appreciate that, thank you so much :hug:
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! :hug:
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