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"Adrift" -- line art in pen on paper (8.5" x 11"), scanned, then colored in Corel Painter on Wacom Intuos 3

This is my 5th submission for the Enchanted Visions Project. ("Adrift" is the theme for September 2010. ) Just like my other images, this one has a few of my favorite things -- cherry blossoms, the moon, and a mermaid. And of course, sparkles! Just kidding. ^^

When I was doing the conceptual doodles for this theme, as the final lines were getting set, I had come up with a story. A mermaid longed to see the cherry blossoms, but she didn't want to be seen by humans, so she came out of the water at night (on a moon swing, created by her magical powers, of course). The warm sakura-scented breeze is making her doze off and her hair is already completely dry and floating in the breeze with cherry petals. If she falls asleep and stays out too long, she'll turn into mist and can never go back to the sea... ^^

This one, like "What Dreams May Come", made me want to buy a larger scanner just so I can work on a larger paper.
Full view highly recommended as thumbnail or regular screen size is sure to blur the details.

Sorry for the annoying watermark. This piece is posted here ahead of the deadline at EVP and they generally suggest that we put one on. Maybe I'll remove it later after the deadline.

İAruarian Dancer

EDIT: Feb. 3, 2011 My multi-talented friend :iconliralenli: has written a beautiful short story to go with this image. You can read it here. I feel blessed to be given such a gift. :heart:
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:iconromioneuou:
RomioneUoU Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
fabulous
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :heart:
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:iconjado-the-shadow:
Jado-the-Shadow Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love the idea of the mermaid on the moon as they are so classically connected (moon and tides, mermaids coming out at night, etc), yet mostly this pose is shown with fairies. So glad to see the girls with the fins getting some of the moon magic.
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awww, I'm glad it pleased. ^^
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:iconleafhazel6:
Leafhazel6 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011   Writer
I love moons, and I love this picture. It's very soothing, and when I look at it, it makes me feel calm. :)
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for the comment!! Glad it pleased.
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:iconnishaja:
Nishaja Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011   General Artist
Fantastic! The painting has a very peaceful mood :love:
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much. ^^
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:iconnishaja:
Nishaja Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011   General Artist
My pleasure! :heart:
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:iconaraghnox:
Araghnox Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Simplemente Hermoso!!!!!
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
Gracias! :heart:
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:iconnoriko88:
Noriko88 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
I love it:heart:
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :heart: ^^
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:iconnoriko88:
Noriko88 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
You're welcome:iconiloveitmoreplz:
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:icondoctorevil06:
DoctorEvil06 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is so beautiful
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you. ^^
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DoctorEvil06 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome
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:iconsirkittenpaws:
SirKittenpaws Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!!! :flirty: I really appreciate your giving this one some love via a feature. :heart: :hug:
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:iconsirkittenpaws:
SirKittenpaws Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
You're very welcome :hug:
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:iconmorgan-stargrove:
Morgan-Stargrove Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
So peaceful... beautiful work :)
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you!! :heart:
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:iconwai-jing:
Wai-Jing Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I like how it turned out! :D

I imagine that just like the little mermaid didn't turn into sea foam, given the shape and colour of her scales, instead of mist she might instead turn into scattered sakura petals herself, riding the breeze with her beloved flowers as she pleases...

Sorry, it captured my fancy :P
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks. ^^

Oh yeah, cute idea!
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:iconshimaira:
Shimaira Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful :D
I love the colours and how you did the mermaid herself (like the scales on her arms <3 )
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you!! :heart:
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:iconcoffee-buzz:
Coffee-Buzz Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
wow, love the details, great work
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much. :flirty:
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:iconcookycrazy:
cookycrazy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
omg, so great!!
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you. ^^ :heart:
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:iconcookycrazy:
cookycrazy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
You´re welcome!
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:iconcatssyclaws:
Catssyclaws Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Aah the color turned out beautiful! <3 And your story! XD LOL that's a wonderful story. Very enchanting. ^_^
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks!! Yeah, the story bit is filled with the Buddhist notion of "impermanence". I wish I was a better writer... I could have at least attempted to write up a short story/prose... something. :XD:
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:iconcatssyclaws:
Catssyclaws Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
I think you're a good writer! lol I think this picture was suited for a prose! XD You should give it a shot if it moved you that much! :)
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
:XD: I may have to. Hehe. I really like the image and the little story. (In my silly mind, the idea has expanded into an illustrated book prematurely... ^^; )
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:iconcatssyclaws:
Catssyclaws Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
lol Silly or no, I think that's pretty cool! You thinking of doing anything with it?
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
^^ I could maybe do a series of different scenes with this idea. It's definitely on my list of long-term projects now.
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:iconcatssyclaws:
Catssyclaws Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
^_^ That's probably a long long-term list huh?
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
:nod: I get the feeling that come spring, when my cherries bloom, I might get an extra kick in my butt. :XD:
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:iconangelkitty:
angelkitty Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Its so beautiful, your favorite things about it are mine too. I love your art so much. :+favlove:
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Awww, thank you so much!!! :huggle:
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:iconangelkitty:
angelkitty Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
You're welcome. :glomp:
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:iconnataliebeth:
nataliebeth Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Student General Artist
Oh wow. :iconawwwplz: That is just beautiful. Everything is so soft and mysterious. The scales on her tail are just beautiful and her skin is amazing. Gosh, i love your work so much!!
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aww, thank you so much, Natalie. ^^ :tighthug:
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:iconfantasy-fly:
Fantasy-Fly Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Beautiful! :love:
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconambiilu:
AmbiiLu Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist
i have tried to draw a girl sitting in a crescent moon. and well, it never worked out.
This is wonderful.
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you. ^^ (I did 4 sketches trying a variety of sitting positions before finally settling on this one.)
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:iconambiilu:
AmbiiLu Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist
U r welcome ^.^
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:iconlinelana:
Linelana Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
she is very..calm and cute >3< !
i love the moon and the purple *___*

very beautiful and poetic draw :iconiloveyouplz: :iconiloveyouplz: !!
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