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Sumit's Prize (Modestly) by Aphelps Sumit's Prize (Modestly) by Aphelps
This is a commission for a friend of mine. I am pretty happy with how it came out. Waay too many hours, but finally got the greyscale -> color thing down. It was a lot easier that way. I had a lot of fun with this, except for the scales-- they wanted to fry my brain.

Should I upload the version without the shells? Maybe, if people ask for it. :)

I would love critiques on this, other than the fact that there is a different light source for the wave than the rest of the picture. (It's intentional, and I know, it bugs me too.)
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Rott-i-kins Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh the water and all of the little scales. Great job!
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Aphelps Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Rott-i-kins Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No problem!
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CatCouch Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I really like the warmth you put into the skin tones. The scales are crazy detailed too. I also like how the foam in the waves look like strings of pearls, it's a rather fitting touch. The hand is an issue though, If you want to keep working on it I suggest rotating the hand outward. Otherwise this is a pretty awesome piece, the intensity of the colors in the waves works well.
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usererror41 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
The scales must have taken you forever. I watched my little sister drawing scales on a dragon before, so I know what you mean about them frying your brain.
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Nameda Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very sweet work, but as mentioned before you should rework the hand :)
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SageStrike2 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very pretty, Youre very talented. I really enjoy the way you made the water, it has so much life
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Skullspit Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student General Artist
This painting is pretty sweet, like the mermaid a lot! Great work done with the water :D very impressive!
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klinone Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a great piece of work!
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froggycomics Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
nice work
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Oyee Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student
I find the picture's overall composition nicem though it kinda irks me that her tailfin is so close to the border of the pic. Also, swapping a color layer with only whan tone of colour is not always a win-win situation but nevertheless it looks pretty good.

I'd also like to point out that the shading isn't overally consistent considering the light source -not the wave, the cliffs - and they look more like a relief. Also, you could be a bit braver with contrasting. I overally like the picture and it's really obvious that you put a lot of effort in it, and that's one of the main points I really like this pic. =)

Good work!
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Aphelps Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for the feedback! ^__^ I am happy that I am at least able to notice these things now... but not sure how to fix them. The wave was intentionally a different light source... but I didn't notice the cliffs, so that helps. (My fault for rushing at the end!)

I don't understand what you mean here--->"Also, swapping a color layer with only whan tone of colour is not always a win-win situation but nevertheless it looks pretty good."

Contrast is one of my biggest problems. I switched to doing greyscale first and then coloring... but I am actually running into problems with that and it didn't really help all that much. Do you have any recommendations on how to overcome this problem?

Thanks for taking the time to go into such detail, I really appreciate it.
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Oyee Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student
"Also, swapping a color layer with only whan tone of colour is not always a win-win situation but nevertheless it looks pretty good."
I mean you go from a black-white picture and use another layer with settings that enables you to use one colour to give colour to the pic. Like I have a ball shaded in greyscale on layer A. I make layer B with the specific settings and use red over the whole ball and I get a perfectly shaded red ball. And then, to make the shades more interesting you drop in some really dark green on it.

Getting on the tones, don't be afraid of using really dark shades. You can also use them on a different layer and if you find it too dark then later you can just scale it down.
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Aphelps Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ahh that helps! I did try to introduce other colors into the shadows and stuff, I guess it is waay too subtle. >_< I will try harder! Thank you for the input.
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Oyee Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student
It's always a pleasure. :hug:
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In2umniaKillH3r Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a lovely mermaid.
Great work on the scales and i love the color of the hair. Quite original.
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AmericanaCelta Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It Looks like you worked along time on this. Nice job
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M-Pounds Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good! I like the look of the waves.
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OceanAtEndofTheLane Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Hello, your piece has been featured in the #DeviantARTmermaids feature here: [link] please :+fav:
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WeaponX-Art Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
:omg: :omfg: This is Beauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuutiful! This is definitely one of your best. Nice job on the water effects, I'm bad at painting realistic looking water.
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DestructionCreep Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
the sacles are always anoying but as always it turned out fantastic, i like how you painted the wave and the rocks, the hair also looks very nice.
also really cool shading!
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