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Part of That World by joshwmc Part of That World by joshwmc
I never, ever want to look at the ocean waves again……..ever. It was murder painting these waves and was possibly the most laborious element I’ve ever painted. Decided to get back into some illustration as it’d been some time since I last did something substantial. Had this idea a few years back to do ‘real life’ interpretations of animated films/TV series but never really went beyond rough concepts and sketches, but having recently started watching many of the Disney classics for the first time in nearly 20 years I thought it’d be worth giving the idea a second look at. My first one is a reinterpretation of The Little Mermaid, tried to keep the spirit of the animated design whilst giving a few realistic touches here and there, I also listened to Ariel’s rather haunting theme song a few times to try and capture the mood of that particular song within the image but I’m not sure if I got the result I wanted. Was thinking about adding her sea pals Flounder and Sebastian but couldn’t really work them into the image so I scrapped the idea. I really looked at Vallejo and Bell’s artwork heavily when making this, especially their mermaid paintings, their artwork proved to be a fantastic resource to reference. Done in Painter using Acrylics and Gouache, probably close to 20 hours work, about 6 of that on water. I’m thinking this will be the first of a series of illustrations. Stock image courtesy of Tasastock - [link]
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:iconmelacollina:
Melacollina Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Why? Why have I never found this before? I've been scouring DA for Ariel and this is the most stunning, the most beautiful piece, I have ever seen!

Thank you for the wonderful hours of hard work that created this masterpiece.
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joshwmc Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
Glad you like! :)
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Revenge-teen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's so amazing !!!! you worked hard on this .... o.o
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AAlsina Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Loveeee
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AmelieForbes Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
This is great, her tail in particular is wonderful and she is very pretty.
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:iconcoffeenoir:
coffeenoir Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This image has been featured in my latest journal [link] :boogie:
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Uziel-De-Winther Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
reaally nice what a sexy girl :) instant fave
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW, this looks gorgeous! :omfg:
All the work was worth it!
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:icongilgilbanksy:
Gilgilbanksy Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
Wow!
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chibi-stella Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
a great job!
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GlowingMember Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You may hate the waves, but the study paid off; they look great.
I especially like her yearning expression and the definition in her arms and hair.
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nackmu Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You effeort is all worth it!!!! *bowing in front of you*
:clap:
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Poetsiren Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Oh, how lovely! You captured the seaspray with perfect accuracy! It has wonderful hints of peach, gold, blue, purple, green, gray! She looks like she's somewhere between the Ariel of Disney's movie and what could be the real version of Hans Christian Anderson's mermaid. Well done!
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amam2217 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
How beautiful! You made her look so realistic without losing her Disney innocence. Lovely!
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:iconrayeofsunshine:
RayeofSunshine Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
AWESOME!
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:iconmageofthebooksolivia:
mageofthebooksolivia Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow. I've never seen this done realistically before. Beautiful
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MarcelineForever4 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The only word I can think of is...Epicness.
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:iconhinithil:
hinIthil Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
This is truly excellent, I'd love to see more.
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:iconkyk01:
Kyk01 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Is so Realistic!!!! Awesome..
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:iconkirihearts:
KiriHearts Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
This is amazing. :) The waves are gorgeous, and the ocean looks so real!
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Latin007 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Nice
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irisuediting Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing!!!
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TaintedAndWinged208 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Student General Artist
You did an amazing job on the waves :) The only thing I think could have been differant is the little rock in the right hand corner. It kinda seems random. :P Love this though. :)
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openheart123 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O_O woow!!!!!
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cns2n8 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is great!
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Vampiress-Stocking Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I'm speechless for how beautiful this is.
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buggy0004 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
dang
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Akra-Pam Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Wowww... That is amazing....
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kid4pencilandpaper Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
Nice colours!:D
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jadeaimi Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
It doesn't feel the same at all, the mood is very different; but your attention to detail is incredible. The waves may have been hard but they are perfect!
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Sighz-no-name Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the waves & skin. Looks very detailed & labor intensive! Wonderfully done! :w00t:
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Sighz-no-name Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is amazing! :O I really like the skin & waves. It looks freaking great!
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dagger3000 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I had a similar experience with one of my drawings when I tried to draw fire digitally. I wished mankind had never harnessed its power.

But the waves look great!
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Danceingfae Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
Beautiful work! Specially love how the water came out. It is gorgeous!
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Stargalaxyblack Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Neat !
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MademoiselleMischief Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! This is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Soooo gorgeous!!!!!!
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Roses-Blue Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
Great technique and great concept. Nice work!
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:iconpersephone1980:
Persephone1980 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
Absolutely amazing!! Beautiful work, she looks so real!
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Crystalizady Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
DDD: just wow! youre amazing!!! I love it! I thought it was a photo! XD good job!
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RedSenshi Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
wow, wow the amount of skill and work that must have gone into this... wow
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milk-n-bikkies Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
This is fantismal! I love this well done :love:
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Tree-Vixen Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
Whoa, jeez!! That is AMAZING!! Excellent work. You have incredible talent. :worship:
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jmk1999 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
wow... that's some crazy fan art! :O
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dolphin28 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing! O_O So gorgeous. The waves look especially wonderful.
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cubeofsugar Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
This is fabulous although i do think her hands look a bit manly
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:iconzosogis:
zosogis Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Student Photographer
haha I've just done a photographic disney series, but this is incredible!
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joshwmc Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Thanks, your series is great BTW.
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SweetVenom94 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing ^^
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Ca-raz Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Student General Artist
beatiful, beatiful, beatiful!!!
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disneyisawesome Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
wow...
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