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Atlantis Calling by ursulav Atlantis Calling by ursulav
A fish warrior, a coral reef, light shining through water...what more can one ask? This painting is about two years old now, but still one of my favorites. It's also a CD cover for "Evolution Theory" by the band Rare Earth.

As for what I was thinking while painting--well, I hate traditional shell-brassiered mermaids with a passion bordering on the religious, and so I set out to make something a little more adapted to his environment, with the brilliant markings of a reef fish. And, since I despise the work of Lassen with an equal passion, I limited myself to things actually found on reefs, which generally don't include multiple species of whale, white tiger cubs, pastel planets, or equally sacchrine derivations.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Ursula,
This was one of the very first paintings I faved when I joined dA back in January 2005.
Steve
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lizardscruff Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! Just realized this is in a book I have!
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cortezismyman Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Love it! Totally share your sentiment :)
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rainbowrobinson Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011   Photographer
I really like your style and humor. :heart:
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nachtbraker22 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
great stuff
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Scarledian Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow: Absolutely incredible
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FaerieDragon19 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
Beautiful! I love that merperson. Very well done! :D
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Amilee Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
Oh...oh my god. I have your artwork in..HOLD on...
shoot I don't have the book..But it was a tutorial on how to do Digital coloring. O_O

Small world! :heart:
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LilDash Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
this is amazing
the colours are beautiful
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westernphilosopher Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Hear hear! :clap:

(about everything including the shell-brassiered mermaids to the comments on white tigers and planets. urgh)
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meganschmidt Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
The entire piece is stunning, but I especially love the surface of the water at the top!

Also, I've just spent the last hour flipping through your amazing gallery! It took me a minute before I realized where I had seen your style from before.. ^_^;; Three of my close friends have framed copies (don't know if they're the originals.. I believe they bought them at Anthrocon) of your water and wind mouse hanging in their dining room. I love seeing those two pieces everytime I visit them!
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jrosefay Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2006
you are an amazing artist. your painting skills are mucho nifty. i love this peice becuase it's not the usual mermaid that people would automatically assume. it is mucho beautiful.

The artist must not only train his eyes, but also his soul.
-Wassily Kandinsky
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jbrosque Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006
Nice work :)
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DivineFrog Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
this is the best marine anthro ive ever seen in my life. It puts all other attempts to shame. NICE WORK!
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senoritafish Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2005
I'm so glad I took the time to pore through your entire gallery today. This is wonderful. I do like mermaids, but I've never been under the illusion that they're particularly well adapted to their environment. They'd go extinct rather quickly, I'd think. As a co-worker of mine likes to say, "Mermaids are a waste - not enough woman to love and not enough fish to eat..." ;p
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pearwood Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
A long-time favorite. I suppose it was the vibrant colors and the regal whatever-it-is that first caught my eye.
Steve
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Evil-Urd Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2004
the background is just so beautiful =)
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Zethtlangshyo Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2004
i share your sentiments on the classical mermaid idea, i guess mine are a lot closer to those than yours are...but i still hate those with a passion, how they bend at the 'knees' and only have scales on half their bodies, and the perfectly human upper half...i agree! i haven't seen a lot of lassen's work, and i don't really hate it, but i wouldn't ever do anything similar so still more kudos to you! i don't know if you'd want to listen to me ranting so i'll just shut up about my style of sentient sea-creatures, but yours is definitely cool. i loved the sewer mermaid too. :XD:
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archaggie828 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
love your style :clap:
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DigitalCrow Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2004
OMFnG! I have just realized somthing *runs to bookshelf and starts pulling off books* FOUND IT! *runs back to computer* I tought I reconized your work, it's in a book called "Digital Fantasy Painting" I love your frogs the most :)
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wolfoncaffiene Featured By Owner May 14, 2004
Hey, I remember this from a certain book too- always loved this one :)
BTW, consider yourself Stalked. :D
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Ginny-Theodosia Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2004
Amazing.
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darkphoenix Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, when it comes to painting mythical creatures, a dose of realism doesn't hurt. This guy looks like something that you just might encounter on a reef somewhere, whereas a standard mermaid -- with or without shell brassiere -- has never been anything more than a lonely mariner's wet dream (pardon the pun!)

Textures are great, the water (with its surface turbulence and the light filtering down from above) looks just about right -- and, once I saw it, I just loved the big-lipped fish down the bottom in the shadows. Nice touch...
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ewm Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Holy Crap!! I have had you on my watch list for quite sometime and I was going to show one of my friends your dust bunnies because I love that comic its awesome and I was browsing through your pictures and I found this one...and well I just bought the Digital Fantasy Painting by Michael Burns and I saw this picture in it. Wow thats soo awesome. *is completely amazed*
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denyamber Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2004   Photographer
Love it :))
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ysyra Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
cool!!! like the marks on the sea thingy
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zakniteh Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2003
i agree about the mermaids. I like the movie "little mermaid" (hey childhood memoirs) but hate shell-covered breasts with an unrealistic fish tail. I also have made my own mermaids and i love this reef one! I love it! reminds me of a lion fish, but anyway great work on the merman design and the coral reef, kudos like the rest of your work :) (Smile)
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-blink-once- Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2003
great character and scene. Lots of detail all around. And great colours as always.
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coralyoshi Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2003
Very nice, especially the fish being's markings ^_^ You did very well with the background and scenery, too~ I could never do so well XP
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serp8ine Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2003
beautiful. I love the way you painted the water. I paint a lot of underwater paintings myself.
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mhatton Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2002
This is great but don't dis the shell brassiers. :) (Smile)
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riverdragon Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2002
this is great - wonder how u did it?
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eilidh Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2002  Professional Digital Artist
As greumach rightly pointed out, the humorous side to all of your paintings is unique. More to that this picture is excellent, especially that green rock on the right is more than I can handle.
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3image Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2002
wow..and wow..ok one ,more....WOW....good job....keep up the good work
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nighty Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2002  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing details and the textures
and the character are perfectly done :) (Smile)
great job !
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arielferreyra Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2002  Professional Digital Artist
i donīt know wy your works makes me remember Brom paintings! its beatifull!!!!
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phillyplaya Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2002
Looks great, looks great, lighting is perfect in it.
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greumach Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2002
Humour and Draughtsmanship combined with talent and composition . Great . All the Best
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pinkjedi Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2002   Interface Designer
cool i like anything to do with water and mystical water creatures
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rustedsalvation Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2002
this is beautiful, i myself love images that are mystical, as well as love the water and ocean life and so forth. this captures all of that and more, great job
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ladyfae Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2002
I must say that I absolutley LOVE this piece! I've seen it a t elf wood and I think I even have them on cards somewhere, that I had ordered. I love your work!
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mr-snipo Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2002
Wow, Nice job. I really like the fish warrior dude. He's very cool. Also nice job on the light coming down through the waves. +fav
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serendipity2 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2002  Hobbyist Photographer
Ahh! Being an ocean lover, this one immediately caught my eye from the front page.. this is wonderfully painted. Nice accuracy of fishes in the painting too... it has a mystical, magical feel to it. Great job. :) (Smile)
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