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Pensive Mermaids on Rocks by dashinvaine Pensive Mermaids on Rocks by dashinvaine
Digital painting done in photoshop. Two mermaids, a demure brunette and a more brassy blonde, sat on rocks under a tropical sky, and wearing shells.

If you want to see a version without shells you have to buy my the 'uncovered' version of my mermaids calendar on Cafepress.


www.cafepress.co.uk/dashinvain…

On varpious cafepress products: www.cafepress.com/dashinvaines…

This piece incorporates 'pensive mermaid' which I did a while ago, giving her a glam companion and completing the scene... dashinvaine.deviantart.com/art…
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ArtbroJohn Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent work!
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SirAshtonOfAquitiane Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Student Writer
beautiful!
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LadyIlona1984 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your mermaids. :)
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WaterLover98 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Ariel and.... 
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:icondashinvaine:
dashinvaine Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Totally Not Ariel.
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WaterLover98 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
REALLY!?!?!?!?!?!?! OH...... ok
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rphb Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Mermaids are overrated, once you find out how they multiply they become quite boring, no matter how beutiful they are:

www.comedycentral.com/video-cl…
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
The video isn't showing, but I recently solved the mermaid mystery, in any case.
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rphb Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Okay the video is about Fry that have just scored a very hot mermaid, the problem happens when it gets serious enough for them to reach the bedroom.

She is screaming "what is that"?
Indicating a thing between his legs, that she had never heard of.
Then he tells her that he is confused to, and she explaids that she lays her eggs, leaves and then expect him to fertilize them, because that's how mermaids do it. Like fish, with absolutely no touching.

I would rather be a duck then a merman, at least a duck gets to see some action, if you have ever been to the local park you know what I am talking about.
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
You can't trust cartoons. Actually mer folk have human-like genitals, but they are at the back, tuck into a gulley below their buttocks and are discretely covered over with scales when not in use. So now you know...
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rphb Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Well considering that it is a mythological creature, we can deduce two things.

1) There is no natural way to determine how merfolks reproduction systems works, and

2) There is no source material that can be considered canon (like if we were discussing Star Wars). The myth comes from a verity of traditions, that often contradict each other.

I like Futurama's version where they reproduce like fish,
and how they were often depicted in the west before the great modesty wave, in which their fish part started a little lower and their genitals were clearly visible, just like Karbo's nagas karbo.deviantart.com/art/Naga-…
except with fish instead of snake.

I don't think a version where the junk is in the back would work, because no creature, and I mean no create at all have their junk in the back. Birds have their cloaca, which is a somewhat messy all purpose hole, that is some of the closest you get, but that is still not in the back.
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Well, there are types of fish (turbot, for instance) where one eye migrated to the other side of the body, so it's not beyond the bounds of possibility that in some species of mermaid the junk migrated to the other side as well... 

It's amazing the variety that there is in marine biology. Sharks have different ways of having young, including types that lay eggs, types that have live young, and types where the eggs hatch in an egg case (a so-called mermaid's purse). I daresay merfolk, if they existed, could similarly have multiple species, so all bases can be covered.








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rphb Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Its a chimera, chimera's can never exist naturally, but can be created in a lab, so there is hope yet for creating a mermaid, personally I would go with a human-dolphin hybrid, its easier as they are both mammals, but there is a big chance that the result would be a horribly impotent mutant.
But the point is, that you would have to create each individual in a lab and if they even could reproduce, and they would most likely be sterile, the offspring would either be 100% dolphin or 100% human, depending on where the reproduction organs are located. That is because a chimera dosn't mix the DNA between the part, in each part of their body they are pure so to speak.

If we wanted to create a merfolk, that was more natural, aka could reproduce, we would have to create a hybrid instead of a chimera. Now what is the big difference you ask me? The difference is that the hybrid isn't pure anything, if we still go by the human dolphin mix, the hybrid would be a creature where every cell is a mix between the two. Imagine these two www.funnyjunk.com/funny_pictur… having a baby.

The upper fins would be armlike but still grey and fatty, the snout would be more humanlike, but still have dolphin features and so on.
Like the human dolphin chimera it would properly be a horribly impotent mutant that would only inherit the weaknesses of their parents but none of their strength. This hybrid would truly look monstrous, so it wouldn't even get the petty that the chimera mermaid would. Notice also how I said "it" because you wouldn't think of this hybrid in a he/she term. It would look truly frightening.
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WaterLover98 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
i love how serious this conversation is... and also wouldn't they do it like whales if you've seen the animal planet version 
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SimonLMoore Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a simply gorgeous piece of work!
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valeriemary309 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just amazing!
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dramioneFEELS Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student Writer
the one thing that makes this a masterpiece, is that it depicts the reality of a woman's anatomy in the brunette mermaid; the B-cup breasts, the not-entirely flat stomach, and not being supermodel thin, as opposed to the societal expectations of a woman in the blonde mermaid,
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CelticWarriorMoon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True.
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manuellajus Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
wow it looks quite real
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Passin Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Nice work
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pixarviolet Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love the orange fin and the green, the concept and position of the mermaids fit really well.
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Natalisurfing Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
♥ perfection ♥
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3mrpeg3sus Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
good ĎãŞҺїŋעĂĬńỂ
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Voblin Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Seaside reminds me a bay near The Kara-Dag Mounting in Crimea.
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oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist
Gorgeous work! ::D
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isoal Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   General Artist
Love this! And the brunette's posture and composure is just beautiful
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TraurigerFechter Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible skill.
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MokaMermaid Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
PERFECT!!!
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
WOW!!! Masterful Job!!!
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MMSmith1777 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
nice series of mermaid pictures.
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XxpalmtreexX Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Amazing!
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Arlesienne Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
If your imagination tells you that, then that is okay. Though there are lots of males with fins (like in "ZOO Tycoon"). What if a girl was turned into a mermaid? Will she look like a 30-years-old woman? Beside that, the fundametal question: how would they breed? If we assume they are not immortal, how do they make a living? I mean, if we take an average lifespan of a mermaid as an average lifespan of a human, AND a sorcerer turns a woman into a mermaid at the age of 25, then she will probably live around fifty years more and then die, won't she? First mermaid accounts date back to antiquity. But somehow some people there still believe there are STILL some mermaids left. My question is: how? Too many bored sorcerers?
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
I do rather assume they are immortal/ageless, like vampires. (which I don't believe in either by the way). I don't imagine that mermaids do breed, either, but if they did I dare say it would be the fishy way.

I thought of an alternative mythology where mermen exist, but are hideous monsters (see my painting 'Stalker of the Deep'), and only the females are beautiful and humanoid, hence the mermaids' reputed interest in human sailors.
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Arlesienne Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
That is an interesting point of view. Thanks for sharing it with others!
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Youngngifted Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
Hello Ariel.
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D0minatus Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Sympas.
Bonne année et bonne santé.
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DocRedfield Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow... great forms, but the colors on this turned out especially awesome. Bravo, man
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Thanks Doc. Good to know the colours look alright on other peoples' computers!
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Arlesienne Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
I agree to nagisa2345, the shine is fantastic. But this mermaid on the left side of the picture has a more beautiful bra, I think. Better shells? :D

Good job, I'm looking forward to your upcoming works. Why don't you draw some younger merfolk?
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
I don't think there are any mermen or merchildren. It's just nubile mermaids. This is my invented mythos anyway. They start off as human maids but are cursed by a sorcerer and forget their past lives on land in most cases.
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Nightwalker50 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So, these lovely creatures inhabited the waters off Pangea some 260 million yrs ago?
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
No, they never existed.
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ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great work!! :D
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EVAUnit4A Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Awesome work, beautiful mermaids! :clap:
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
waw they are great! I love your mermaid art
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Glad you like them.
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:hug:
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Pavlinka14 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very very Nice i wish i can make this like you Heart
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Forestina-Fotos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely! :)
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irisuediting Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow this is amazing!
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