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'Empress of Tides'


This is how I imagine how Ariel would transform from a little naive mermaid to the undeniable Empress of Tides.

I gave her a little flaw in terms of a dead eye, which may or may not have been the cause of a fork. The person making a joke about it may or may not have had that fork used against him.

WIP Speed Art Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZyPaBfc0dE


p.s. I took on my other artist name. Instead of EmeraldPhoenix I go by as Djoresh, Pronounced without saying the 'h'. High-res, Low-res, Djores(h) ;)

I was aiming for the tablet, to donate it to an aspiring traditional artist in the beginner category, but I can only do so after a year. So until then I try to reach second place and after that I just join for fun.

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My jaw dropped a little bit when I brought up the image. The charecter looks really cool and really answers the question what happened after the movies. Although, and on the other hand, now I want to see what actually happened as Ariel clearly has gone through some strife. Not to mention what happened to Blunder to make him that badass ;) The only thing that I would liked to have changed in the skull in her hand. It's size implies that it's a child skull almost, which makes the image VERY dark, and its coloring seems a bit to white for the environment. Regardless, I'm nitpicking. This piece is amazing! Well done.

Djoresh responds:

Haha, thanks. I notice it now as well. Her face used to be a bit smaller, about the same size as the skull, but it didn't feel right, I forgot to enlarge the skull along with her face, oops... It does give it a unintended darker edge. The skull is indeed to white. I should have made it more blue-like because it's in the water surrounded by blue light. Thank you for the pointers, I try to keep them in mind for future pieces

I really appreciate that this artwork tells a story and has developed a fully realized character for Ariel that shows her journey to reach "lvl 99". While this piece is not as cleanly or expertly rendered as some of the other entries, I believe that you really put some though and effort into keeping the character interesting but also recognizable. The colors are really nice and Ariel stands out with her golden armor really well. I think to take this piece to the next level you could have done well with adding more effects to make it flashy or using some depth of field tricks to add to the depth of the piece.

Djoresh responds:

Thank you for taking the time to write this feedback. I ran into a wall with my current experience and had no idea how to push this piece further. I know you can't reply twice, but if you would be willing to message me to give some visual reference or educational books or video's to a 'flashier' / 'depth of field tricks', so I can learn what to look out for and keep it balanced, I would be more then appreciative. You have my thanks regardless.

Very nice. Lighting and color look great! Cool design for the triton . Looks like you put some hard work into this pic. :-)

Djoresh responds:

Thank you very much. I tried to push myself beyond my abilities. A bit frustrating at times but I am glad people like the result =)

This looks awesome! You should checkout mine too.

WOW! So you are what they call an Artist! That's so cool!!!

Djoresh responds:

Am I? Well if you say so. thanks :)

Credits & Info

4.75 / 5.00

May 22, 2017
8:12 AM EDT
File Info
2048 x 1152 px
1.5 MB

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