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Edit: Fixed the bottom half/tail. Removed main reef as it was just distracting. Added black gradient to the bottom to keep all the light towards the top of the image. Other small changes. Thanks for those of you who gave feedback!

Thank you so much for the DD! I am honored! :D!

Learn to create a mermaid tail! fav.me/d70fh4y

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mjranum-stock

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- Reef: chasmdeep.deviantart.com/
- Sharks: www.deviantart.com/art/Sharks-…
- Fin: fav.me/d4k8ug0
- Scales: fav.me/d1hbyvw
- And resources by me

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Given 2014-04-20
Surface Light by AbbeyMarie is a triumph of lighting and shade. The stock choice is excellent and intriguing, and the artist blended elements seamlessly to tell a fantastic story. Be sure to check out the other gems and many in-depth tutorials found in this artist's gallery! ( Featured by Aeirmid )
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As far as photo manipulations go this was done somewhat flawlessly, I thought it was a painting. The lighting and colors work well together. Where it falls apart for me is the execution of the tail manipulation. Towards the end of the tail it looks like you just got lazy and left it blank. Though that's not so much the issue because it's only noticeable if you look at it from different angles on a monitor. The tail fin however, doesn't match with the rest of piece (on the mershark?). It looks like you tried to give it a motion blur effect and ghost effect to create a sense of movement. Instead, at least for me, the blur distracts me and I zero in on it as if it were a mistake. The lighting on the sea floor doesn't match the rest of the scene in a couple places. I would take some time to makes these edges a little more crisp and match the smoothness of the sharks and woman if possible.

Long story short, I think the top half is exceptional. The bottom half falls apart.
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:iconcold-tommy-gin:
Cold-Tommy-Gin Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the shades and lighting is beautiful :love:
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:iconbillynikoll:
BillyNikoll Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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:iconabbeymarie:
AbbeyMarie Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconsantijar:
SantiJar Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so amazing
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:iconjanebled:
janebled Featured By Owner May 4, 2015   Writer
Stupendous piece of gourmet eye candy.
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:iconjohngiannis27:
johngiannis27 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
amazing!!:o (Eek) Love 
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:iconabbeymarie:
AbbeyMarie Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconiosifchezan:
IosifChezan Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015   Digital Artist
...Superb!...
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:iconabbeymarie:
AbbeyMarie Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconfictionchick:
FictionChick Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Gorgeous work!
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:iconabbeymarie:
AbbeyMarie Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D 
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:iconblack-b-o-x:
Black-B-o-x Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
Awesome Love 
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:iconabbeymarie:
AbbeyMarie Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D 
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:iconimaliea:
Imaliea Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014   General Artist
This is amazingly beautiful, one of the best mermaid manips I've seen. The use of lighting is spot-on! And I'm super flattered you found my scale brushes helpful!
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:iconjamie-nicole:
Jamie-Nicole Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!
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:iconshena12345:
shena12345 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Student Artist
Teach me how to draw realistic like you
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:iconjiajenn31:
JiaJenn31 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Professional Photographer
Love it :rose:
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:iconabbeymarie:
AbbeyMarie Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear it! 
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:iconcindysart:
CindysArt Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing work! Congrats to the DD :glomp:
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:iconabbeymarie:
AbbeyMarie Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! 
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:icononurahart:
OnurahArt Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014   Digital Artist
Awesome
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:iconhouk:
houk Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Gorgeous!
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:iconabbeymarie:
AbbeyMarie Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!:D
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:iconk-lecomte:
K-LeComte Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow fabulous, really beautiful :D
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:iconabbeymarie:
AbbeyMarie Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconloganxoxo:
loganxoxo Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Artist
hey I like your work

 

Dear Artist:

 

RE: Search for Original Artist Elflanea

We have a great opportunity for students to gain job related experience and get pertinent work experience. We are an app gaming company, Pegasus Productions, a fantasy game producer. We are looking for passionate artists to showcase their talents. We are holding a summer of fun contest in order to find the right talent to create original artwork for the initial starter deck of game cards for the app & story book. The epic story of Elflandea is story of survival in a fantasy world that parallels our own; yet it is still filled with magic and monsters and demonstrates unique concepts that have never been seen before. We are also planning on creating a TV show for this story too.

We are looking for artists that can add particular details and images that are part of the story line and script. The winners of this contest will have an opportunity for long term art production. And will be commissioned to create the starter deck, 1st thru 3rd place and a total amount of $1200.  We will then need a story board and there is an additional budget for this project as well as more cards in the future.  The students can review these popular games Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, Hell Fire or Reign of Summons as examples for the quality of art that we are looking for.  We are not looking for cartoons or Japanimation, we are looking for realistic art style.

For further information we can be reached at Elflandea@ gmail.com  You can learn more about the requirements by joining us on Facebook at Elf Original Art Submissions, this is a closed group and you need to ask admission into this group.  On the site you will find the application in the notes section and also examples of the art and style that we are looking for, you will also be introduced to the story with the first 25 pages of script.

 

www.facebook.com/groups/254045…

Mike Woo

 

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:iconanimatedcatastrophe:
animatedCatastrophe Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, wonderful lighting and design!
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:iconabbeymarie:
AbbeyMarie Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! 
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:iconanimatedcatastrophe:
animatedCatastrophe Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconjim-from-hell:
Jim-From-Hell Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
Gorgeous!!! :love: :love: :love:
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:iconabbeymarie:
AbbeyMarie Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconjim-from-hell:
Jim-From-Hell Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
You're welcome :)
:ahoy:
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:iconnameda:
Nameda Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
congrats hun!! the lighting is excellent, it reminds me on the style of Boris Vallejo!
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:iconabbeymarie:
AbbeyMarie Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I adore Boris Vallejo!
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:iconnameda:
Nameda Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
so do I!! Before I started creating own art, I started my artist career so to say as email stationary creator. I used artists art with permission, and I was the only one creating stationary with Art from Boris Vallejo and that legally!!! He was incredibly nice and down to earth in email contacts. Its amazing that some of the newer "famous" artists often are arrogant nand snobs, while old artists like Boris Vallejo, Brothers Hildebrandt, etc where really lovely
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:iconrenaisangel:
RenaisAngel Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Student General Artist
i think this is the best photo manipulation i have ever seen
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:iconabbeymarie:
AbbeyMarie Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're too kind! :blush:
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:iconrenaisangel:
RenaisAngel Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm not joking! I am very very VERY critical of photo-manipulations and this is the best
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:iconneverdying:
neverdying Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful piece Abbey! Light and shadows are spot on! Everything blends perfectly! :clap:
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:iconabbeymarie:
AbbeyMarie Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks dan! :ahoy:
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:iconneverdying:
neverdying Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome Abbey :)
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:iconrainamermaid:
RainaMermaid Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
congrats from :icondeviantartmermaids:
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:iconabbeymarie:
AbbeyMarie Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconalsarab:
alsarab Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
congrats :)
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:iconabbeymarie:
AbbeyMarie Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconmetalik23:
METALIK23 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautiful man.
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:iconabbeymarie:
AbbeyMarie Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! 
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:iconvampirekingdom:
vampirekingdom Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014   Digital Artist
Amazing!!!!:heart: Congratulation!!!!!
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:iconfxx85:
fxx85 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Spectacular :D
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:iconabbeymarie:
AbbeyMarie Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you think so! 
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