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This image was commissioned by Rick Higginson, author of the charming novel Cardan's Pod. The image features Marta, a genetically engineered half-cetacean mermaid, as well as two of the dolphins that are often seen alongside the Pod.

The merfolk are depicted very nicely in his novel, as a mammalian lower body would make far more sense than that of a fish. They are also not bone-skinny fashion models with tails! I appreciate Rick's vision of what a mermaid could be. I was also quite pleased to get to draw some dolphins - it has been a long time, and I forgot how much fun they were!

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SlitherFin Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Stunning! The way the water's drawn looks so dramatic, for one thing, and it's highlighted further by the bright shades of blue in the sea and sky. The dolphins and mermaid themlseves are especially eye-catching. The sea and sky don't hog atttention from them - they simply border them! And there's something so alive about the way they leap and splash. :)
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! Water is just one of those things you can't help but go a little wild with. I quite liked the idea of a cetacean mermaid, and drawing the dolphins was pure joy. It'd been too long since I drew one!
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D0minatus Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Sympas!
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Merci! (Je ne parle pas franšais, mais je vous remercie pour le commentaire!) :)
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D0minatus Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
De rien!
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Toonicorn Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, this is gorgeous! The cool blues of the ocean and the dolphins contrast beautifully with the mermaid's warm colors. Great composition too - love the diagonal vis-a-vis the dolphins in the background and foreground. I'm especially impressed with the water - not easy to draw or render, but here it looks convincing, plus it has movement and a real feeling of - wetness? It glistens and sparkles. Great work all around. FAVED!

(And I agree about Rick's idea of making the lower half of the mermaid mammalian. It does make more sense, plus it looks better than a fish's tail IMO).
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Hoomi2 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
I love how it turned out, and now I need to get a nice print of it to include in my folio collection, or hang on the wall over my desk, alongside the one from Travis Hanson. Thanks again for the fantastic artwork, and for linking back to the book listing!

Rick Higginson
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm honored to have a place beside Travis's work! I'm very pleased that you like how it turned out. It was a lot of fun to work on, and as with any time I try something new, I learned a lot. And I'm happy to link back to the book - I hope I can send a few interested people your way. :D
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Hoomi2 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
I'm not sure if Deviant Art will allow me to do this, but let me try: for those who might be interested in seeing the Cardan's Pod commission from Travis Hanson as well, it can be found on his web page at this link:
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I first met Travis at Phoenix Comic Con a couple of years ago, and met Sarrah at Tucson Comic Con this past year. If there was nothing else that made the Cons worth visiting, then getting to meet artists that I've previously not heard of, and finding new online comics to read, would be enough reason to go.
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Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012   General Artist
I am guessing this has a filter on because this is artistic nude, even if not sexual; all the same I do like dolphins though, and this is a classic motif of how mermaids have been made to look. I do think you have captured the playfulness of those three in this pic , and you work on dolphin designs is very well drawn also, even down to the dolphin tail on that mermaid. I also like your way of showing splashing water as it look as real as to the creatures you have playing in it, nice work. :) :thumbsup:
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, deviantArt requires that the filter be enabled on any nude figure, and I respect that. The water was an interesting challenge, probably the most challenging part of the image. I wanted to make sure it fit the style of the drawing, rather than being completely painted, so I spent a while looking at images of waves on the open ocean and watching how the water behaved. I was quite happy with how it turned out. As always, thank you for the comment! :D
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Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012   General Artist
I do respect that as well even if the filter can be unsightly at times, anyway it was a great pic and you are welcome.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Wonderful, joyous composition, lovely colors, good attention to anatomy, strong clear lines--RIGHT to the favorites. Thank you so much for sharing this.
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad you like it!
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Should have a look at the book, too. Christian writers? Ewwwwwww. :)
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
There were Christian elements to the book, but I was very pleased to see that at no point did it spout hellfire against non-Christians, nor was it written with any intent to 'convert' anyone. It was an intelligent, modern fantasy/sci-fi story that happened to have some religious elements, rather than a religious story behind a thin veil. I appreciated it for that!
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Hoomi2 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Some of the problems with Christian fiction isn't due to the writers, but rather the publishers. Some Christian publishers have such strict guidelines, that they would have to reject the Bible for what they consider "inappropriate content." Many require a very clear, subtle-as-a-train-wreck message on how to get saved; yet, the primary audience for Christian fiction tends to be those already aligned with Christian beliefs. Why do I need to tell people how to get saved, if by what I believe, they're already saved? Why do we hope to present concepts of how to live in the real world, if we're only allowed to portray a world that more closely matches a 1950s era Disney movie? The writers end up with the choice of having to compromise their stories, or get rejected by the mainstream publishing houses. With modern publishing options, though, we're able to choose other possibilities.

My purpose in "Cardan's Pod" isn't to preach to people, or to try and tell them what to believe. The purpose was to tell a story that appealed to me, and within it, to hopefully get people to think about the ethics of what we may soon be able to do (though probably not on the scale portrayed in my story).

Well, that, and the Pod locked me in a room, and fed me Snickers and Diet Pepsi until I finished their story. Numerous revision passes, college class critiques, more revision passes, and a professional editing job later, and I had a finalized story. :D
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Chichiro Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful! :D I like seeing your commissions, it's a chance to see you doing subjects you don't normally do/haven't in ages (i.e. dolphins, I remember a quite old anthro dolphin piece of yours).
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Good memory! I think that was actually the last time I had drawn dolphins in any form. I was very keen to draw them again, and a cetacean mermaid. The physique just works so perfectly together! Fanciful fish-like mermaids are quite lovely, but this way just feels more "real". It is exciting to break out of my normal drawing habits a bit, too!
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Chichiro Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree! :D I really like the idea of dolphin-mermaids.
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Aerazura Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
This is beautiful! Love it. The movement is wonderful
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it!
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