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koi by cwutieangel koi by cwutieangel
I've been doing concept art lately but beginning with b&w and sort of forming different shapes from what i had blotted out. I decided instead of starting off with b&w i'd try to start off with blots of colour instead. The process was quite different from working with b&w because I found that colour actually gives u feelings first instead of an illusion of an image.

overall this came out which i'm quite happy with so i won't be afraid of using more colours to start off pieces from now on.

Photoshop CS3, painter
6 hours
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JohannePande Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really beautiful!
Raxemi Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Writer
Ooh wow... this has to be one of my fave pics here ^^ Looks underwater and really beautiful!
Snooge13 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Mro-sen Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist
The texture really makes it look like she's underwater
ts95studios Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow! Beautiful Job! I love the idea; it's like a koi mermaid :)
j-d-y-44 Featured By Owner May 8, 2011   Writer
Gorgeous! xD Simple Gorgeous, I love koifish and you made them so beautiful!
Aurinya Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Student General Artist
wow beautiful! Love how you incorporated the Koi into human anatomy too. Great job!
Morague Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is superb work!
yanikaRed Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
dang so good! I love her fatty tail that looks like the koi
BenSonkkila Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Student Digital Artist
All your art has so much movement and colour - It's really good
Sukideberu Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
wow brilliant. Just the other day I was thinking of making a merkoi myself xD
Ritsuka-4 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow im must say this an absolutly beautiful picture very well done ^_^
Syran-Soul Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional Photographer
Nice concept, I like the brushstrokes but I think the colors above the water are too bright and are taking away much attention from the wonderful koimermaid, just my 2cents, cheers!
ColourBE Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
I like it! :)
xD-pLaYa-xD Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
MisSaraJeanJellybean Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
I love how it looks like the koi fish are circling the girl/fish/mermaid.... it really draws the eye around the whole picture and take in all the colors. Wonderful work on the scale details too! :D
ThiaminaTenn Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009   Digital Artist
truly a beautiful piece :)
roget Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah, pieces like this are why I adore :devart:. I was just starting to pull reference material for a future bodypainting of two models as koi when I stumbled across this amazing scene(in fact, one of the potential models, ~CatMegan, is the one who pointed me towards this piece!) I love the patterning of the central subject's flesh, in particular the careful attention given to how the overlying scheme is composed of individual scales, and how the layout as a whole must be driven by that. In fact, that very detail is one o the nagging little problems giving me grief: namely, how o earth do I paint thousands of tiny scales on two people inn any reasonable amount of time...

...without going insane. ^_^
PantyShotApproved Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
Holy snap crackers, this is stunning. I love all the bright, rich colors.
Phaiyle Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Beautiful. The different textures and colors really pull it together. I love that It's the back view of her instead for the front. Kudo's to that!
archvermin Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
I like to point out how much the color scheme appeals to me. They've all got well established presence, but at the same time they do not conflict one another.

The details are really neat and visually pleasing too.

Something that stands out as weird to me though is that the light received by the central figure seems to be different to the ones for the fishes. It seems to me there's should be only a single light source behind the mermaid, but her back appears to receive light from the top as well.
cwutieangel Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
kukukuku u have a sharp eye ein comarade, i cheated and got lazy with lighting, i actually think the fish lighting was better than the mermaid lighting itself, but yes the mermaid has got a 2nd light source it's just not so apparent on the fishes since they dont have as much feature and they're so small as well. btw any bloody nips this year??
archvermin Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Lol I didn't need to handle those since I was assigned to the stretcher team this year. If there were actually bloody nips it was someone else's problem :)
cwutieangel Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
hahaha pass the crappy job to the younger suckers, bwahahaha evil, man u missed out, sundays the day where everyone gives away free stuff.
archvermin Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
Darn it :(
PikaPikaKokoro Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
Oh my goodness!

This is incredible! It literally took my breath away.
Stunning quality here! This is the first time I've ever wanted to buy a print of something..(If I had money :XD:)

Anyways, keep up the fantastic work.
NovemberRain85 Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
omg...This is absolutely stunning! Truely amazing! I love it so much!
chenoasart Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
this is great :) i had a similar idea of a mermaid/koi that i did a few months ago :) yours looks so cool
joeyv7 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
Wow, this is so lovely. Inspiring :clap:
Nuran-Cawthorne Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009   Digital Artist
This is so beautiful, I love the colours and the movement. I like the fact the mermaid is based of a Koi and not some generic mermaid. Beautiful!
Galbinus Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Very, very beautiful colors. I love how the image moves ina circular motion, as well as the water bubbles and the perspective on the fish. Lovely brushwork, too--I love the ambiguous background.

The only critique that I have for you, honestly, is the anatomy of the.. koi-maid (=P)'s tail. I know that the Koi has a rather thick tail compared to other fish, but while your Kois' tails are very nicely formed, the thick tail doesn't work as well on the shapely mermaid. Also, her head seems a little bit flat.

Very, very beautiful work. A favorite, certainly, from me.

Gosen406 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woooooooooooow!! O_____O This looks soooooooo amazing! The coloring is just beautiful. I love all the detail! Fantastic work!

:hug: :glomp:
Frazzled-Niya Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice use of colors.
zzzzing Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
nice colours & concept
dontachos Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009   Traditional Artist
This is amazing! And I love the way you made it - I mean splatting the colors first. Yet I'm still not quite sure if the background wouldn't look better more monochromatic? Just a thought, though. xD
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santuary Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love Kois...
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IamXenon Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
this is so amazing! I love the texture and the bubbles are so cool.
queenelf Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
I enjoy the pixel effect that you have here. Nice paints.
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