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"I will prepare a draught for you, with which you must swim to land tomorrow before sunrise, and sit down on the shore and drink it. Your tail will then disappear, and shrink up into what mankind calls legs, and you will feel great pain, as if a sword were passing through you."

"But think again," said the witch; "for when once your shape has become like a human being, you can no more be a mermaid."


-From Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Mermaid"

Another illustration for my Illustration Techniques I class. The technique we practiced in this piece was the acrylic transfer process. We transfered laser prints using gel medium and painted on top with acrylic paint. This was my first time using artist grade acrylic paint to create an image and I am so very pleased with it!

Mayhaps more of this method in the future?

12"x16", Acrylics and acrylic transfer on wood panel.

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[link] by ~LadyEdanaStock
[link] by `lockstock
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:icondarkendrama:
Darkendrama Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
I teach a fantasy unit at my school and the students are always shocked to learn that in the original Little Mermaid story, Ariel dies. You really created a powerful piece here. I bought this bookmark when I was at DragonCon. I love it!
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:iconpuimun:
puimun Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I especially like that neat texturing in the background and the colors!
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
It's amazing how handy sponges are for those sorts of textural effects. It's fun to get sloppy with the paint every now and again!
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:iconmidoriiblue:
MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
So gorgeous!! The colors reflect the mood perfectly!! :love:
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconethnisart:
EthnisArt Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Really expressive piece.
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconrita-ria:
Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
this is so very beautiful - love it!
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:icondyfyantt:
Dyfyantt Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Student Photographer
I am illustrating this very scene in my honors art class!!!!
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Cool! Such a fun story to illustrate:D
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:icondyfyantt:
Dyfyantt Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Student Photographer
It is. Haha i hope you approve of my illustration haha keep a watch and i'll post it ASAP
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
I don't have a copyright on Hans Christian's fairy tales so as long as your image isn't tracing mine, you should have nothing to worry about:nod: Do give me a link as I'd love to see it:D
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:icondyfyantt:
Dyfyantt Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Student Photographer
i don't think i'm tracing yours hahahahaha mine is a different scene. haha the one right after she gets the potion. when she is returning home
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:iconlionsong:
Lionsong Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:fish: Your gorgeous art has been featured: [link] :fish:
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:iconhira--akami:
Hira--Akami Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
I really like the effect of the light backround behind the dark figures.
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
hehe yes vignettes for the win!
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:iconvampyre-lover:
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
WOW!!! AMAZING WORK!!! LOVE IT!!!
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:iconcabepfir:
cabepfir Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I like the reflect on her tail :)
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:icontuja:
Tuja Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
You got featured in my journal :)
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:iconlevinaindigo:
LevinaIndigo Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
This looks incredible. Very nice finished piece. Great work with the acrylics; I especially love the background.
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks! It's amazing how effective a non-descript colored haze can be!
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:iconsethfitts:
SethFitts Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
this is nice. the lighting on the mermaid's "fish" section is truly well done.
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008  Professional General Artist
All thanks to nature. I basically tinted the laser print decal of a photomanip I did that was then transfered to the canvas with acrylic medium. It's a neat process I was experimenting with for this piece. It's awesome how you can paint over the initial transfer to make it match what you want.
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:iconmarker-guru:
Marker-Guru Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing! I love the curve f their bodies and the details on the skin of the tails as well :3 magnificent :D
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
mm the tails are my fav part. And the great thing about it is I didn't have to paint too much of that detail myself. Acrylics transfers are amazing for the fact you're pretty much just tinting the premade picture as needed and you can obscure or show what you need without having to do too much work. Yesss I really need to try more of this process.
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:iconmarker-guru:
Marker-Guru Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
you need to tell me more about this proccess :D ive never done :D
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Essentially, you print out a color or black and white image with a laser printer. Then you apply matte or gel medium to the side which has been printed on, lay it down on the drawing surface, and paint gel over the back. Smooth it out, then wait 24 hours and peel/rub away the paper. Presto! You have the image transferred directly onto your drawing surface. I hear this works on other porous surfaces as well. I find it's a little bit of an imperfect method though. It hardly ever comes out without some damage, which is why I had to paint in the good mermaid's elbow and the bad mermaid's fingernails.

The great thing about it is you can get that fantastic detail and either leave the original image showing, or cover it completely so it's not even there any more. It's a great way to get a head start on a complicated image where you need photorealism, or areas of patterning.

Here's a tut on it that I've found: [link]
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:iconmarker-guru:
Marker-Guru Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
OH NEAT!!!

HAA I do something similar with markers, if you put a print out face down on a paper, and run clear marker of the back it transfers the image over XD
but im totally using acrylic more! i'll have to buy some of that stuff :B
I have acrylic matte medium (acrylic polymer emulsion/ matting agent) i wonder if that would work :B I'll have to test!
Gunna write down what i need, and try this out :D thank you :D
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Ohh clear marker acetate? Neat! Did you use an inkjet or a laser printer? I gotta try that:)

Another fun transfer method I used to get my laser print-out onto a wood block for my printmaking class was to use heat to transfer it on (heat being my wood burning tool which has a flat plate extension for the end). I think an iron on low would probably do the same effect as well. It transfers the image near spotlessly!
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:iconmarker-guru:
Marker-Guru Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
ORLY?!
I'm just rubbing the paper off a test acrylic transfer i did, and it seems to be working :3
I might probe you for tips later ;)

Not sure if it was laser or inkjet. it was jut photocopies from my moms photocopier at her work XD
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Wow you rubbed it off without waiting? HmmOo maybe you don't have to wait too long with the type of medium you have. Photocopies are laser:nod:
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:iconwaterfallfaerie:
waterfallfaerie Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
i love the shark fin of the one mermaid, its really different! love the whole pic
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:iconfaerywitch:
faerywitch Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Great work, Angella! I love the tones you've used and the spiraled composition.
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:iconkorpinkynsi:
Korpinkynsi Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008
Gorgeous work! And that technique you were using sounds very interesting...
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:iconmanshi:
Manshi Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008   Digital Artist
This is amazing, the way they intertwine and the colours so vibrant. Great work.
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:iconsidhehannah:
sidhehannah Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008
Oh, that's fantastic. I love this painting, it's clever and so gorgeous, wonderful work! Those fishtails are really something.
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:iconzananeichan:
zananeichan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008
Wow lovely lil mermaids :-) ((^_^))
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:iconhiddenrelevance:
HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
Love the design for it hon! it's got such an awesome flow to it!
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:iconflareedana:
FlareEdana Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
this is so beautiful!!!!
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:iconseyreene:
Seyreene Featured By Owner May 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What an interesting realisation of that fairytale! I like the way you painted it a lot, it's looking so natural! The background really fits the characters, too. (And what great textures!) :)
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner May 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I\'ve already said that I love it, but it most definitely bears repeating here! I think this is one of your strongest pieces to date, with the use of the reference underneath, it\'s really freed you up to concentrate on things like shape and colour, both of which really shine here.
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
I really did have fun just letting the creative juices free and experimenting with method over concept. Paper towels were used to dab on the background texture and I just had fun mixing colors to get their skin tones and letting the palette do the work for me. It was alot of fun! Sometimes it's the pieces you don't think too much about and just let yourself loose are the ones that really end up doing well.
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:iconmarmonica:
Marmonica Featured By Owner May 26, 2008
Fantastic colour!
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:iconbustedlime:
BustedLime Featured By Owner May 26, 2008
This is amazing. I love the darkness of the witch. She\'s very scary!
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:iconteutelquessir:
teutelquessir Featured By Owner May 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
Outstanding! :clap:
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:iconfoxdracona:
FoxDracona Featured By Owner May 26, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how the witch\'s tail is a shark\'s tail and the girl\'s is a delicate fish\'s. Very symbolic. I love it!
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:iconlsbitch:
lsbitch Featured By Owner May 26, 2008
really cool!
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:iconmarthapart:
MarthaPArt Featured By Owner May 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
very nice work^^
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner May 26, 2008
beautifully done! :thumbsup:
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:iconkaiju-borru-zetto:
Kaiju-Borru-Zetto Featured By Owner May 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work of art!
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