Guys, I realised the original sketch file for this is dated 2009
. The Step-by-Step file for this is going to be hilarious, because the first version bears absolutely no resemblence to the final. At all. To be honest, I bet I could have uploaded the first as a sketch and you'd never know they were technically the same painting except for maybe
the dagger and the sea theme. Once upon a time, this was my imagining of a scene from The Little Mermaid. The first version of that tale I ever read referred to a temple where she washed up, and since then I've always had the image of a more Eastern than Western mermaid in the back of my mind. In the end, I took a lot of creative license with this particular part of the story, but the breadcrumbs are still there if you look
Anyway, I have reached the lovely point where there is just no more I can do to it without going insane and let's face it, the foundations of this are based on four year old skills. By the time I cleaned those up, it'd probably be 2017 and I'd have to start redoing all the bits I just finished yesterday. Let's not even go there.
Photoshop CS2 & Intuos 4. Do NOT ask me to count the hours. 2009, people. 2009!