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Sirenetta by bottled-mermaid Sirenetta by bottled-mermaid
Sirenetta means Little Mermaid in italian.

Since I love mermaids, I thought I had to draw a homage to H. C. Andersen's original fairytale, The Little Mermaid. The concept is simple: the mermaid is lying on a big round shell (I love circles and curves, I figured out I always use circles in my drawings!); I like her pose, it looks like she's trying to reach something we can't see. Those things attached to her fishtail are oysters: in one point of the tale it is said that her grandmother puts oysters on her tail as a symbol of her lineage. The three butterflies are a symbol of soul: mermaids can live for 300 and more years but they don't have a soul. The mermaid's greatest wish is to be loved by the Prince and obtain a soul from his love.

At first I thought that the space around her was too empty, so I wanted to fill it with some kind of frame; but then I changed my mind, and left that space: it gives me a feeling of solitude; this little sweet creature is alone with her wish, her one sided love and her sacrifice. I know that many people prefer Disney version because the story is way happier, but I highly recommend you to read the original tale by Andersen...it's a very deep story and its many meanings have been discussed by many. I'd like to draw some other scenes from this story in the future.

This is my second try on watercolor paper: this time I've tried to be careful with colours. I've also used much ink; I like mixing pen and watercolour :)


pigment liners, watercolours.


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my Tumblr bottled-mermaid.tumblr.com/ :heart:
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Furious-Curiosity Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
This is exquisitely done.
Brava.

The art style you have is lovely, and the all around piece you have created seems to go perfectly with it's original story. It also shows the outcome of what she wanted as you said.
Nicely done. :)

P.S. This to me, is better than the Disney version. Story, art, and all.
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bottled-mermaid Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Thank you!
I've recently read the original tale by Andersen again, and I loved it. Surely better that Disney and any other version (even though I loved Ariel, expecially when I was younger). Well, the two stories are different and they are both enjoyable, but the original tale carries a deeper meaning :)

Thank you for the kind comments, they are a great encouragement to me :hug:
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Furious-Curiosity Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
I am so glad my feedback has encouraged you. ^^
Your artwork is very beautiful.
I love the fairy-tale feel they hold. :heart:
And yes! Original stories always have that soulful meaning behind them,
I believe Disney does good to show kids the fun in the stories, but they skip the details at times. Which I understand since it was mostly for kids, but now that we've grown we have found the deeper meaning behind our childhood. And I like that. :)
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bottled-mermaid Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
I agree with you :) Andersen works are not simply tales for children, but real literature. I have a book of all his most popular tales at home, they're really a worth reading :)

As for Disney movies, they will always be among my dearest childhood memories, even though the original story is often different from the original tale :P
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Furious-Curiosity Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
I should really look into his works more..
He sounds like a talented man.
Thank you for the wonderful artwork. :)
And yes, they are forever childhood memories that shall ever fade, I feel bad for any child who has not gotten the chance to indulge in their marvelous tales.
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bottled-mermaid Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Give him a try, many of his stories are so delicate and poetic :heart:
His tales are really inspiring :)
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Furious-Curiosity Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
I bet! Thank you for the art in his name. :)
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ShainaOtori Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014   Traditional Artist
Che bella **
Per quanto mi piaccia la versione Disney, la favola di Andersen č sempre stata una delle mie preferite, ricordo che da piccola me la facevo leggere e rileggere da mia mamma fino a farle perdere la voce, infatti la cosa delle ostriche me la ricordavo ;3
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bottled-mermaid Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Ciao e grazie del commento! Sono contenta che ti piaccia :)
Sono assolutamente d'accordo con te: anche io ho amato tantissimo Ariel  da piccola, ma devo dire che la fiaba originale di Andersen ha un fascino tutto suo che la versione Disney non riesce ad eguagliare :)
Grazie ancora :))
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ShainaOtori Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014   Traditional Artist
Prego =D
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