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Mermaids are an area of fantasy art where I have some strong opinions, many of which are on display on this piece. Much like winged creatures I … Read More
Mermaids are an area of fantasy art where I have some strong opinions, many of which are on display on this piece. Much like winged creatures I don’t like using a nondescript creature for a source. Nature is so much more exciting than black or white wings and blue or green fish tails. My favorite winged character is based off a bluebird and in this case these merpeople are based on the mandarin fish. I also don’t like the abrupt stop to the fish features at the waist because human skin would not hold up under water, much preferring a more continuous treatment of the fish aspects. That also goes for fins, there should be more than just the tail fin for steering purposes. My biggest pet peeve however is mermaids with knees, especially if they are merged with fish as opposed to sea mammals. Aside from looking like a normal person wearing a costume a fish gets it’s propulsion by swaying it’s tail from side to side. If they have knee joints in the tail the ability to get that side to side motion is completely undermined. I only give a pass for the marine mammal combinations because they move their tails up and down for propulsion so while the knee joint still looks silly to me it is at least functional. Read Less
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