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Pisces by Ankh-Ascendant Pisces by Ankh-Ascendant
I submitted this to :iconfeedbackfrenzy: - this is different from my usual fare, especially in the coloring. I went for a more... I don't know, casual cartoony style? Anyway, I was going for "chibi" and casual, so any style / technique would be awesome. And maybe tell me why the blue shading worked on the blue haired one and failed on the red one. :/ I guess I don't understand colors.

Or anything else of course. ^^; I know it needs help. Thank you very much.

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I decided my merman was in fact half of Pisces. Therefor, I now have Pisceses.

If I were being true to the duality, one would be female and one of them would be either sad or angry ^^; But instead they're both male and I just went with quiet-elegant-grounded-independent one and energetic-wild-high flying-clingy one.

And I get discouraged and fail at "real art", but apparently I can actually finish some chibi mermaids... >>

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FollowingStars Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! Anzu reporting in from :iconfeedbackfrenzy:

This is a good piece, especially the way you’ve drawn the hair. It flows just like real hair does underwater, but on the girl on the bottom (I’m assuming she’s a girl, sorry if I’m wrong!) it looks a little too flat. Hair, when the person is lying still underwater or not moving, still floats around a lot in different directions. In fact, it floats more when still than when the person is moving so adding a little volume here would be good.

Their tails are drawn well, with the curves that make this portrait dynamic, but the anatomy is off a bit. Obviously it is quite hard to get the anatomy of mermaids right, since it’s not easy to find something to model it after, but what I would suggest is thinking of the flexibility they would have, and look at the way a fish swims to get some guidance about how flexible their tails are. The way you’ve drawn the tails makes it look like they have no bones to speak of, and there would be some limit to the curves they could make when swimming. The bottom one is fine, her tail looks realistic and the shading is done very well, but the one above seems to be curved too close to the body. You also need to look at the centre line of the body and follow it down the tail, because in a few places the tail looks a bit twisted.

The colouring of the tails and the picture itself is done very well, congratulations! I really love the colour scheme you picked out for the two of them. You could improve the tails further by adding some subtle scales shading and shine, especially since they’re underwater, to add some interest and make them look more realistic. You could also try adding some flukes to their fins (ridges) and making them look thinner and more floaty, more like a real fish’s fin.

The only other thing I can think of is to make the pisces symbol behind them a bit larger and separate it more from them, because I thought it was part of their tails! Doing it in a different colour was a good choice, it does stand out very well, but you can make it stand out more by making it larger, more obvious.

Overall this drawing was done very well, with a good concept and lovely background. Try adding the things I suggested, experiment a little with a shine and symbol, and see how much better you can make it!
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Ankh-Ascendant Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, thank you very much. I see everything you're talking about, so this was really helpful... I'll take your advice. Again, thank you. :huggle:
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