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The Little Mermaid

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  • The Little Mermaid
    Mythical or historical character assignment (2011)
  • 2011, Digital Illustration assignment. The brief was to paint a mythical or historical character and I chose Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid (with my own spin on it).



    The ending of the original story, most from Wikipedia, see full summary here.

    The Little Mermaid buys the potion, gains legs, and meets the prince. Though she is mute, the two become fast friends and constant companions. The day comes however when the prince discovers the temple maiden. He has long loved her, and they marry. The Little Mermaid is heart broken. Her sisters trade their hair long hair for a knife from the Sea Witch’s and go to the Little Mermaid with the instruction that she kill the prince. She must let the prince’s blood flow down onto her feet, In doing so, she can return to the sea as a mermaid again. She cannot bring herself to do such a deed, and throws herself into the sea. She dissolves into sea foam, but then is transformed into a spirit, a daughter of the air. Her companion daughters of the air tell her she can earn an immortal soul by doing good deeds for three hundred years.



    And my version...

    Her sisters trade their hair long hair for a knife from the Sea Witch’s and go to the Little Mermaid with the instruction that she kill the prince. She must let the prince’s blood flow down onto her feet, In doing so, she can return to the sea as a mermaid again. She waits till night and slits his throat in his sleep and watches the blood flow down onto her legs. She feels the transformation beginning and she flees to the sea. Her tail is now stained blood red, it’ll forever remind her of what she did. Come morning she is filled with remorse and guilt. She does not go to her sisters, instead she swims down towards the sea floor. She swims until her body aches from the pressure. She remains at the bottom of the sea in caves for the rest of her 285 years. Over time her body slowly evolves to adapt to the deep sea.

    The little Mermaid never returned to the surface.



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