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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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ShainaOtori Mar 19, 2014   Traditional Artist
Che bella **
Per quanto mi piaccia la versione Disney, la favola di Andersen 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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:iconbottled-mermaid:
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 Mar 19, 2014   Traditional Artist
Prego =D
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GEORGE-TREVOR Nov 15, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful
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:iconbottled-mermaid:
thank you very much!! :)
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Keyshe54 Oct 9, 2013   Traditional Artist
Gorgeous forms for her scales, love it!
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:iconbottled-mermaid:
Thank you so much! I'm happy you like this drawing :hug:
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Lee-chan97 Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist
Such a beautiful artwork! I really love it, you did a great job on it :)
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:iconbottled-mermaid:
Thank you for your sweet comment! I'm happy you like this drawing :)
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Lee-chan97 Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist
You're very welcome ^_^
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