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Defiance by LouisaGallie Defiance by LouisaGallie
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!
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ClarkandLanaKent Featured By Owner May 30, 2015
She makes me think of Jasmine from Aladdin.  Very beautiful.
Enthara Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
She is very beautiful but when I see she, I think naga no mermaid, even if indian naga are creatures of fresh water and no sea water.
Jack-Hoo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Nythana Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
so much good details :D
ZeroChainYuy Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love to see the step by step files.....I love to see how artiest changes their ideas and how techies changes over the years.  You works looks like it is worth being proud of 
LouisaGallie Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm going to try to get them uploaded this week! Thanks for the interest :)
mae4632 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
::pure awe::
mae4632 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
* :: pure awe ::
SeaPiper Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
This is so beautiful its breathtaking. I cannot tell you just how much I love this - thank you so much for sharing this amazing picture :)
MiladyDuchess Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this interpretation of The Little Mermaid. When I was little I always imagined her as more Eastern looking as well so I really love this interpretation. I just can't even express how beautiful I think this is. Just as a question, is the tale that you remember the temple from the Hans Christian Andersen version or another one?
oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist
Wow amazing work!
DMITRISANGEL Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
very beautiful :)
SaffyOtter Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student
Love the concept and the subtle details!
In2umniaKillH3r Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Creamydigital Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beyonce??.. beautiful work :love:
bearmountainbooks Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
I love the way the sword/dagger is taking form. Brilliant!
Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
FABULOUS - love it!
Anastasiy Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The colors are fantastic!
mayaegyptkezi Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
this is so beautiful, i love it!
Annwolvesbain Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very beautiful, I love the general blue colors
and the detail of her jewelry
not to mention, her expression, BEAUTIFUL!
sollienevina Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
This is freaking amazing.
keight Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Beautiful piece, Louisa.
TronLives Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh, this is fantastic. I'm playing Ariel in the Broadway musical version of the Little Mermaid with my dance school, and oh, what I wouldn't give to get to wear something like that! :D

The sky and her swirly tattoos are beautifully detailed, and I love the little sparkles on her dress and in the water. <3
Sylistra-The-Scholar Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Super gorgeous. You always have such a rich command of color. I want a blanket of this.

Or a t-shirt.
SpitfireFae Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
She's beautiful! I love the designs on her arms and the dagger and head piece is nice too. :)
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