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Mermaids are SCARY by CountANDRA Mermaids are SCARY by CountANDRA

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Soooo we had to draw a silent comic about a "discovery". What about the fact that mermaids ain't shell-wearing models of the sea and actually prefer drowning their victims to swooning over their snarfblats? C: I adore the Little Mermaid, tis only a quip.

I wanted to draw the mermaids of Coffin Pirate Grima, but I wound up not doing that in order to save for another day. So alohaaaaaa, brozies, and enjoy my... this thing. c:

© Andi Spyral 2014

PS: Decembersville work is on the way, so stay tuned. I am sorry for not presenting much.

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ghostlychickenfetus Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this accurate depiction of mermaids.
Foxwithartisticwings Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
they are scary
Ellithvia Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
Well....that escalated quickly O.O
TEEN-TITANS-8D Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
Yes mermaids are terrifying
lizardwizard444 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
finaly somone Figures it out 
naruto-warriors-oc Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
روعة وحشgasp omg he look s like Arabic boy  and his clothes soooooo awesome

Frozen - Olaf's Shy Icon can i draw it if u like?
Mblanton Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work, dig the story
ImaginaryLea Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Brilliant storytelling!
Windyfa Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
im scared a bit, watching it on the early of the morning but its awesome
Indigo-Moon-Shadow Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Fabulous comic ~ short but very intriguing. I admire how there's no border, it all flows so well. AND THOSE FACIAL EXPRESSIONS ARE AMAZING.
CountANDRA Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student Artist
Thank you so very much! C:
NuttyJimmyFan Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
WHAT? DECEMBERSVILLE WORK IS ON THE WAY?!?! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Yrhbhddjnnhehnjnbfhbhcrbg!!!!! :):):):):)
PanikSura Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
I love how you do sequential art, like foregoing traditional borders and letting the story actually flow on a whole page, it's AMAZING. I love when artists do this, but you do it better than most of the others I've seen. 
RamoneNOvello Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I just love your style. :) Can't get enough.
ZerosFutureWife Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
it totally makes me think of the mermaids from the live-action Peter Pan - I love this!!
fietdapowah Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Sharks seem so friendly now.
FeebyNeko Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh this is brilliant.
MadHatterPunk Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
I'm loving this, I really am :D
oumikun Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Student Filmographer
THIS IS GORGEOUS :iconcryforeverplz:
Secretsister16 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student Artist
DreamTheBunny Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooooohhh~! Very interesting~! I like it a lot~! ^^
Long-Mi-Mei Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The human looked so happy too.  I love your art it's always so beautiful.
DevilRena Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so is there a huge difference between kelpies and mermaids other than the fact that kelpies can shapeshift and mermaids cant? (or can mermaids do that too idk)
MentallyUnstableMind Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014   Traditional Artist
It kind of depends on the folklore. What little knowledge I have about Kelpies comes from Scottish folklore in which one would transform into a horse while waiting for a weary traveler. Once the traveler pet the horse his hand would stick to the skin of the kelpie who would then reveal its true form and drag him to his death (Keep in mind, this is just from a specific myth. They might transform into a variety of creatures). From what I know about mermaids, they usually sang or used their beauty to enchant their victims to get them to jump into the water on their own, or allow themselves to be lured to their watery deaths. They are quite similar, but I don't think mermaids can shapeshift. I might be wrong, though. So if I am, sorry.
Ametris Featured By Owner Edited Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Sooo it's been more than a year, but I thought I'd add my two cents. According to the two books of many collected stories from Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall, and Wales that I have in my possession, there are several different versions of both mermaids/merfolk and kelpies.

Merfolk, also called morgans (Morgan, Lady of the Lake, starts to sound a bit weird... xD), can form their tails into feet in a number of stories - some don't even have tails in the first place, they just wear long caps (on their heads) that enable them to breathe underwater. Not all of them drown people, or at least not intentionally. Some just don't understand why humans can't breathe water. Some even 'quit their element' and take up residence on land for a while, often for a human lover. Since it's the act of marrying that makes them stay, any gender will do this. They often do go back to the sea, eventually, for a 'short trip' which can last a few years or decades. The merfolk that sing others overboard are actually from the Mediterranean Sea area, originally (but may have come north with the Romans), though the Irish morgans are known to love music so much they beg good musicians to come with them into the sea. Unlike some fey, they can lie, so if they don't specifically give their word and make it a promise, some humans fall for the tricks of the not as nice morgans and end up drowned. There was a myth of one trapping souls, not aware that the humans that died at sea (of other causes) intended to leave. They are also known to be deadly when offended.

Kelpies are generally bad. The book that had stories on them didn't say where, of Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall and Wales, the tales collected there of the kelpies originated, but there were less of those than of the merfolk. Kelpies can change into many shapes - dogs, horses, and humans being their favourites. They always look sopping wet, and often have seaweed on them somewhere, or smell like it. They look half-mad, or their eyes do, but they often have long hair to cover their eyes. If you run into one, it's best to carefully walk away before it sees you, and never climb on its back. If you do, it doesn't matter what shape it's using, the kelpie will not let you get off, and drag you underwater. One myth told of a person who bested a kelpie by promising liquor if he could just get down a minute, and got away when the kelpie was drunk. Most of the tales end in dead humans, though.

Incidentally, the Japanese merfolk, known as ningyo (人魚, written with 'person' and 'fish'), in the old myths are said to be rather ugly, like a kind of chubby but disproportioned person merged with a whale. They were also, with a few exceptions, about as dumb as fish, with rather tasty meat, which led to the extinction of most, if not all, of them. :/ (Perhaps the smart ones escaped.)
DevilRena Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow cool! i hadn't heard that before :O thanks for sharing! that does clarify, si si!
MistaMishMash Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
xD This is brilliant. I love his face at the end. o_o'
Just a little tidbit- what many people thought were mermaids were actually dewgongs. The cows of the sea.
I'd prefer a seacow any day.
Cxara Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
In Finland, there is creature, called "Näkki" and she was curvy lady, with black long hair and enourmous boobs, that people were calling her to "nipplesack"... My mom used to warn about her, while going near at rivers of lakes..  she used to sit on huge stone near at her pond, brush hair and wait her victim. Then she dragged him under of water to suck blood and life out of him... This picture reminded me about her :3
Honey-Bea Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Poor baby ; ^ ; gotta watch out for the water ladies....
OH OH have you ever seen any of Emily Carrolls work? This really reminded me of one of her comics,…
Though that mermaid isn't scary as shit aha....
StrangeRaven Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014   Digital Artist
nuuuuuh, the goblin shark-like mermaid in the end scares me...
but omg nice composition :iconlazyblushplz:
Chachamaru-san Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
wow cool! I like your mermaid's really unique! :)
E1L0n3wy Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yep... yep they are... o___o... :fear:

This is realy cool though :heart: ^^
mexican-jo-cool Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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StellaStarfish Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Despite the fact that ge dies, the kid in this comic is super cute...
No but forreal man, this is fantastic :) i love how there aren't clear-cut panels, and how everything is sort of fluid... Like a mermaid swimming!!
But yeah, my character Lizzy is a merperson (though he prefers the term "fishman") and he freaking EATS PEOPLE. Mermaids are freaking terrifying. :D
MadcapMarquess Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooooh, that composition! I love how the kid's all enamored and then his happiness is ripped away just as quickly as that second panel (bubble thing). Reminds me a little of when I'd swat at the big air bubbles underwater in the pool.
grassa48 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Politically incorrect mermaids! I love it!
Kyuubi-no-Kyuu Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful.
The mermaid is beautiful, elegant and creepy. I adore her.
sasukesis1 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student Photographer
very cool looking and can I show this to a friend to scare her
Imaginary-Shadow Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Wow! This gets the 'discovery' idea across very well, and I love that you use the original mythology with this~! It's fantastical~

Gah. Not only do all the bits and pieces look awesome, but you also manage to make it look beautifultastic as a comic!! And it flows so well!!
*sigh* I will never get over your amazingtasticity. :D

And good luck with balancing timey things! Er, projecty things! Er... Let's just say things, shall we? :3'
spunkycatgirl Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I always knew mermaids were evil. Freaking scary creatures.
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lamename13 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
See and now you ruined my dream of me wanting to be a mermaid! Geez! XD lol awesome still no matter what. ;)
CountANDRA Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student Artist
I am ever so sorry about your dream, but I accept your dearest compliment. :heart:
lamename13 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome. :D :heart:
CrookedCosmonaut Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
CountANDRA Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student Artist
CrookedCosmonaut Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
i am suddenly afraid of water
CountANDRA Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student Artist
Do not fear water. Fear strangers in the water. c:
CrookedCosmonaut Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
idk, decembersville made me WANT to explore random foggy forests. unfortunately i wasn't attacked by vultures :/
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