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Little Mermaid: Sea by Razulude Little Mermaid: Sea by Razulude
This was done for my illustration class. Our assignment was to create an illustration that could be sold as merchandise. Some people made brooches or painted on skateboards. One girl even painted a whole nightstand.
I made this pattern illustrating the original tale of the Little Mermaid. It will be printed on fabric and then sewn into a backpack. It's cool because I could potentially do a whole series of patterns on original fairy tales.
You can't really tell at first, but the pattern repeats!
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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-04-25
Look carefully. Look at the edges. Compare to Little Mermaid: Land. This is not only an illustration - it was painted in a way allowing to transform it into a pattern.

Little Mermaid: Sea by ~Razulude ( Featured by STelari )
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

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EVAUnit4A Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist
I know the classic story ,but I don't understand the order in which I'm supposed to look at these; they seem to be set out of sequence.  Same with the "Land" version you also posted.

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Razulude Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Haha, it is a bit confusing! I'll see if I can help.

So, start with the image of the mermaid with her fish friends. "There once was a little mermaid who lived in the sea." 
Then move clockwise to the image of her looking at her prince. "She was in love with a prince who lived on land."
And then to the image right below it. "So she made a deal with a sea witch to turn herself human."
Finally is the picture of the sea witch smirking. "At a price, of course."

Now look at the "Land" version, starting with the image of the mermaid washed up on shore. "She washed up on shore where she was found by the prince."
And now look left. "He took her in, but she found to her horror that she couldn't speak."
And then down. "And so she couldn't tell her prince that she was his mermaid love."
Finally, look at the image of the mermaid throwing herself into the sea. "In her despair, the little mermaid through herself into the sea and became sea foam."

And that's it! Hope that clears things up!


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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
You've been featured: gryffgirl.deviantart.com/journ…
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Razulude Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! Thank you for featuring my artwork in your post! It was an interesting read. :3
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silenoswithaleopard Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
this is so goodlooking! :love:
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Razulude Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! <3
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silenoswithaleopard Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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natteregn Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aw this is cute and really nice! cool colors and expressions
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Wierdo-Neko Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredible! :3
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Razulude Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Wierdo-Neko Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :3
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supermanwich23 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
DUUUUUUUDE. it's so cool! I like how it goes full circle, in a way.
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Razulude Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Haha, thanks!
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SingapuraStudio Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Really cool illustration! And great job with the pattern, that's got to be very difficult!
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Razulude Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It was a bit tricky! But I'm glad you like it! :D
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RunePixie Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
This is so lovely. The colours, the characters, the layout. I would think this would be very likely to sell as a fabric and there is easily potential for other accessories to match. Well deserved dd
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Razulude Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you!
I actually have the pattern up for sale over at spoonflower.
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jijikit Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! I hope you post a pic of the backpack as I'm curious to see how it all looks in the end.
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Razulude Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! And since a bunch of people have asked, I'll totally put up the picks!
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villago Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student General Artist
if I remember right, in he original and real story of the little mermaid, she fell in love with a human prince, gave up her voice to become human and then the prince fell in love with the which or another women, she could kill him and turn back into normal and not turn into sea foam, but could not do it, and jumped of and drowned in the ocean. but this is way cuter and yet sad
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Razulude Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You are absolutely right! Unfortunately I couldn't fit the Prince's love interest in so I kinda just shortened it to him being in love with her mermaid form (oh the irony!).
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villago Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student General Artist
yeah I feel happy now! and yeha I understand that!
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CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
awesome illustration, i love this style
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Razulude Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional
sweet job
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Razulude Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Cabres Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
This design is really fantically spectacular. The three characters featured inside of it seriously helps the story play out. Obviously, the mermaid goes through the most amazing portions. As well as I she is featured in both patterns of land and water. This is great work.

For the sake of stating, it's not necessarily connecting as it is partially portioned into different parts in the artwork. Not fully chopped up. Just some parts have a leg from one part placed on the opposite side. Same with an arm part. I completely understand what you meant and am sure that the easier wordplay works well with some of those whom came on here. Just letting you know, not asking for you to change it.

Fav'd, as you should know. Congrats on your Daily Dev. It is well deserved.
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Razulude Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, thank you for all the nice comments! And you're right, it's not technically a connecting pattern, but there is some interplay between the two halves of the pattern, like how the mermaid in the sea half is looking and the prince in the land half. It's cool, though! <3
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Cabres Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Again, sorry for the additional word featured in my original statement (the "I" before the "she"). I love how smartphones makes a person look foolish with grammar(typing of myself).Still, I thank you for your work and the returned comment. Yes, I caught such connectivity in the seperation of the two. Your work is utterly grand.
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WateryGrave Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Very lovely. <3
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Razulude Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Why thank you! <3
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WateryGrave Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student General Artist
:la:
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Razulude Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:D
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz: :iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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Razulude Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yay, smilies and hearts! And thank you. <3
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Razulude Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:)
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Persephones-Child Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Aaah! I love this story so much!
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Razulude Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I do too! :D
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fatesfollower Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Pretty awesome, took me a bit to see the pattern.
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Razulude Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Haha, it's literally my favorite part when people figure out that it's a pattern. Thank you!
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ReadYourHeartOut Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Writer
I would love to have a backpack (or really, any article) made of this material; it's so beautiful.
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Razulude Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hee hee, thank you!
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evollusive Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy cow it IS a tessellation O_o That's amazing! :wow:
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Razulude Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yes it is! And thank you.
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frecklednose124 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
This is AWESOME. Really good work.
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Razulude Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
:heart: Congrats on the DD! :clap:
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Razulude Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank youuu!
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