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May 11, 2011
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Lady Brightwater by phantom-inker Lady Brightwater by phantom-inker
Commission for *thedarkstrider

This is how *thedarkstrider described her to me:

Backstory: "Taryn Brightwater was a pirate captain, whose cunning and beauty captured many a heart as she stole their treasure. She was not evil, and her pirate activties were fueled by her adventurous desires, and took only gold and loot from her victims rather then their lives. However, on a quest for the ultimate treasure her ship was lost to a violent storm, and Taryn was thrown overboard.

"However, she did not die, but was instead brought before Neptune himself. Neptune could see the zest for life and adventurous spirit burning in her eyes, and offered her a deal. If Taryn would agree to help him police the oceans from evil marauding pirates, he would spare her life and give her the power to continue her quest. Taryn agreed, and Neptune transformed her into a mermaid/cecaelia.

"Taryn now travels the oceans, sinking the pirate vessels that would prey upon others, and all the while searching for sunken treasure and continuing her pirate adventures underwater. Once in a while, she transforms other like-minded sailors and pirates into mermaids, building up her underwater crew."

Character: "From the waist up Taryn resembles a beautiful woman, but from the waist down she has the body of a fish/octopus. She still dresses as a pirate, her captainís hat on her head and her clothing, a tattered motley of vests, shirts and other scraps stolen from ships or scavenged from sunken vessels. In right hand, she wields a rusty cutlass. Her left hand was lost in a battle long ago, and she wears an enchanted bracer tipped with a trident/blade shaped like an anchor. Given to her by Neptune this is the source of her powers. As a pirate, Taryn was most formidable, as a mermaid/cecaelia she is much more, using her mermaid powers/cecaelia tentacles to subdue and sink her prey."

This was about 30 hours with CorelDRAW and a mouse, 100% vector art this time.

*thedarkstrider chose her overall look and colors (long brown hair, purple legs, pirate hat, etc.), and I filled in the rest of the details. Those of you who have been watching over LiveStream have enjoyed seeing this grow to fruition.

This is the first time I've attempted a real, paid commission. I was a little nervous accepting money for my work, but it seems to have worked out nicely; *thedarkstrider seems pleased with the result, and I'm reasonably happy with it as well. I may do more commissions in the future, but since they take about a month in real time, and since there are other projects I want to work on too, I don't expect to do more than a handful per year at most.

And big thanks to *thedarkstrider for coming up with a really neat character!
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AndyofIndiana Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist
I wanted more sea creature diversity in my mers, and not only does this add in a Cecaelia, but a great backstory to boot.
evollusive Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
First, thanks for the fave! Next, love it! Colors, composition... everything! :nod:
Leoma-silfren Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
EVAUnit4A Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist
Awesome cecaelia as always, P-I! :winner:
D0minatus Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Gamemaster999 Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
I saw the livestream, nice job!
Anthroaddict Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Wow, I watched this while you streamed, but I never thought it would come out to this. The detail is really nice.

Just a suggestion, while live streaming is good for feedback, one thing that would be cool is seeing a time lapse of you drawing… if it isn't a hasstle to record or something, I think quite a few people would find it interesting.
phantom-inker Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LiveStream includes recording, but I turn it off because it slows down my computer even more than broadcasting already does. LiveStream tends not to play nicely with CorelDRAW :(
Anthroaddict Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Hmmm. . . Damn, that sucks. I've seen some pretty cool time lapse drawings, I kinda wish I could see yours. Ah well, computers just have to be slow, I can understand that. Thanks anyway.
phantom-inker Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a number of archived versions of the same image throughout the project. It's not a video, but it shows what it looked like at various stages from rough sketch to finished portrait.
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