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Their families lived on a lake, and Jacqueline was literally the girl next door. When she was little, she saw a movie about a mermaid, and she fell in love. She collected mermaid dolls and pictures, and wrote stories about mermaids. Case thought this was strange, but all girls were strange: He would sit on the dock fishing, and she would be splashing around in the water pretending to be a mermaid, and scaring away all the fish. In those days, she was annoying. But in time they grew up, and the annoying gave way to other thoughts and feelings. She was pretty, and she was friendly, and she liked to talk with him, and he her; they had grown into the best of friends.

On the afternoon of her seventeenth birthday, she called him on the phone. She told him to go out to the end of the dock, and then she hung up. Confused, he left his house and saw her sitting on the end of the dock, her long hair covering her back. He walked up beside her, and as he looked down, he gasped. The pretty girl he’d known since the day he was born had a tail, a long shimmering fish tail, draping over the edge of the dock into the water, and by the way it moved, there was no doubt it was real.

“Sit?” she asked, looking up, and he then realized she wasn't wearing a single stitch of clothing. Nervously, he sat down beside her, and she took a deep breath. “Tell me: Would you --- be willing to --- be willing to be more than just friends --- even if my birthday wish came true?”


So after seeing the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie a week ago (and being thoroughly disgusted with how awful it was), I had mermaids on the brain, and ended up drawing this surprisingly innocent picture of a mermaid awkwardly trying to talk to a nervous boy.

She's named Jacqueline, and he's named Case. And you can read a little about her.

This was also an exercise in drawing dynamic poses; for once I didn't put the center line square down the middle of each of them with stock shoulders and hips; they actually have real body language that goes beyond their facial expressions.

Should she have clothing on? I can't decide if the rating on this should be a kid-friendly G, or if it should be PG-13 for "brief nudity." I guess for now it's PG-13, so shield your eyes, kids.

Anyway, here it is, after about ten hours. They make a cute couple, I think, don't you? :)
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:iconuglygosling:
uglygosling Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Shells optional, perhaps?
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fugimoto Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
increadable intriging premmis! i'd love to readf a story about these two! :iconloveloveplz:
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laughingvulcan Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YEP! :)

It'll be interesting to see how they DEAL with her change from now on...
(Hoping for a 'Happily-Ever-After'...)
...

YES! I ADMIT it! I'm a mush! :cry: :D
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af-s772 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
She should have a top on if you want it to be G rated. Ultimately, the decision is yours. I lpve
how he's trying not to look nervous.
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:iconphantom-inker:
phantom-inker Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're probably right. I think I'll see what she looks like if she's wearing some kind of top.
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af-s772 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Regardless of what you do, it's a fine piece of art.
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Tenkokukutiw Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Are you okay, I really liked myself waiting in "af" are here.
Do not know why you say it's a design that is a PG-13 when age or younger is more nipples shows an R -? of around 15 to 17 years ...
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:iconphantom-inker:
phantom-inker Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I... have no idea what you're saying here.
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xaiGatomon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012   Digital Artist
awww thayt's really sweet.
you should finish it, if you weren't planning to already
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SeatailsArt Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice pick, though I tend to concur that a top and possibly a skirt would be more appropriate given the story (I have nothing against nudity, I just think that she'd tend to be much more self-conscious given that she's used to wearing clothes.

Re: Pirates - yup. Definitely concur. The leads phoned in their performance, the story was disjointed and surprisingly tedious, and the 3D treatment turned everything murky and muddy. I would have actually used Jack Sparrow in more of a narrator role, would have concentrated on the mermaid plot, and would have left Barbosa and Penelope Cruz out of the picture entirely (and would have resolved the love story between Sirena and the priest at the end, rather than leaving it hanging).
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think you're right. A simple bikini top is probably an improvement, and would turn this from R-rated to G-rated in an instant. A number of people have expressed how much they really like this picture, and I particularly like how her face turned out. Sooner or later, I really have to finish this. Knowing your tastes, I suspect you'd agree :)

As regards Pirates, well, most of the movie didn't need to be made. And the few interesting parts they had were few and far between. Depp phoned in his role, and, in general, the movie was eminently forgettable.

(And sorry for the delay, Kurt; I'm like fifty miles behind on responding to comments and notes and stuff. I've been intending to reply to you for some time, but life gets in the way.)
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lasserine Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
This would look great colored.
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seanbelanger Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
beautiful mermaid with her breasts showing , i like it .... hope do more of her in future .....
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
"Well, first tell me what your birthday wish is."
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GGCrono Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Adorable. :)
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human72 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
and there it is. from your laptop right to Da. nice story idea Phantom.
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:iconagent505:
Agent505 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Writer
I knew there was a story with this! Great!
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:iconmac-leod:
MAC-LEOD Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
-This relationship is going to be tricky.
-There is still time to leave and find a non-mermaind girl.
-Not even slightly interested.
(rephrased XKCD)
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EVAUnit4A Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist
I want to be in his place. With her. Right now. :pray:
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Greybird007 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
More than just friends? If I were he, I'd answer with another question: Can you make it possible for me to have a tail like yours?

... I'd love to see this more fully finished and colored. And don't you dare clothe her!
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Kaze-Youko Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Aw, that's a sweet story. I like the picture too. I think you did a nice job with the poses. Though after reading the short story, I think maybe a top would be appropriate for her (unless she always ran around naked XD ).
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Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
This is a sweet picture. I hope you make a finished version. It seems like the cover of a young adult novel (minus the bare chest).
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:iconphantom-inker:
phantom-inker Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree; I kinda like this. Despite her being bare, it really has that sweet-and-innocent young-adult-novel feel, doesn't it? I might just have to go so far as to give this some paintwork.
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:iconlee-sherman:
Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Please do!

Maybe you can make both a nude version and a kid-safe version where she has clothes or long hair covering her bosom. That way everybody's happy.
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jkrolak Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice work, and an excellent subject for the picture
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:iconphantom-inker:
phantom-inker Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought you'd approve, given your tastes :-)
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:iconjkrolak:
jkrolak Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I have simple tastes. I like only the best.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Very much hope you finish this. He'd better be careful, though. She might be contagious.
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SlitherFin Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Would that be a bad thing? ;)
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:iconmensjedezeemeermin:
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
It depends on how much one enjoys breathing dust, the impacts of one'w weight upon one's spine, and life strictly in 2D.
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SlitherFin Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Dust underwater wouldn't be so much of a problem, would it? He's probably rather used to the whole 2D thing, I'd imagine.
So fun for him, perhaps ~ maybe not so for the rest of us.
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CrazyErich Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I always love the stories that you attach to your work.
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Uncle-Ben Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Case or Chase?
As for the clothing debate, I lean toward clothed.

Cute couple. =)
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:iconphantom-inker:
phantom-inker Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Case, not Chase. It's a real name, an old English name, just somewhat rare.
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:iconuncle-ben:
Uncle-Ben Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Very rare indeed. I had not heard of it. Thank you for the clarification.
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creativesam Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Modesty, how quaint. ;-)

Just a wardrobe malfunction (sounds like a good title...)

Nice work.
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nothingsp Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
I think the nudity's all cute-'n-innocent, myself.
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jwb083 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
It is looking good, but I get the feeling there might be more to why he is nervous around her. perhaps he is not a very good swimmer. in any case nice work P.I. it was fun to see you work on this.
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He can swim just fine. I think he has other worries. ;)
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