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Ursula Little Mermaid by DerekRodenbeck Ursula Little Mermaid by DerekRodenbeck
Felt like doing a sexy looking interpretation of Ursula from the little mermaid. Colors done with Dr. Martians and some other mixed media. Inks and what not. Let me know what you think, thanks!! Footnote the scan does not do the original justice. Either way I can see room for improvement.

(c) artwork Myself. Please contact me if you want to use. thanks!
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At first, I didn't realize that this was Ursula until I read the description. Then I realized the similarity XD Oh my childhood...

That being said, I like the idea of younger Ursula and your approach to her design. Adding the eels was nice touch, and the seaweed drawn with ink brush is fun to look at. I like your style as well; simple but effective, it reminded me of the styles that comic book artists used during the 70s, which is not a bad thing at all! From the overall design, I could clearly see your vision and your intentions.

But, as always, critiques would be pointless without some pointers ;) Here are things that I have noticed:

1. The Style:

It's not the style itself that I am criticizing. As I said before, I like your style; it's simple yet effective, drawing characters with curvy lines, and using as few details as possible. On the other hand, this style is very difficult. It is very hard to use strong lines that can sufficiently describe the body parts they are portraying. When that happens, the line qualities become inconsistent, as I observed from your drawing.

Your line quality on Ursula's upper body is very nicely done; because of this, from her head to her stomach, anyone would be able to see that this is a sexy body, even without the colors or values. However, starting from her hip lines to her tentacles, the line qualities seems to get weaker. The lines are not as 'flow-y' as the lines from her upper body. Also, the lines for the tentacles are much less wavy, and much thinner.

2. The Atmosphere:

This could be my personal opinion, but Ursula in this artwork seems much more tame then her original counterpart. Sure, she looks sexy, but evil? Not really. You should consider changing her expression slightly, but that's up to you, not me.

Also, the colors seems a little washed and bland. Don't get me wrong; I like the color choices, it's just that I feel that if the value shift of light to darkness was more intense, the atmosphere would have been much more interesting.

Well, that's all I wanted to say. These are my humble opinions, and my intention is never to make you feel terrible, but hopely to help you improve even further. All in all, this artwork shows clear vision and intention of the artist. With slight readjustments, this would become even better piece. Oh, and it's a great tribute to the old Disney films. How I miss the Disney of my childhood...

Thank you for reading my long-winded critique.
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CINderELLA7186 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Ursula only wished she looked this good. She makes an evil octopus look stunning!
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DerekRodenbeck Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
thank you very much!
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:icontymichael:
TyMichael Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
THIS IS EFFING AWESOME.
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:iconderekrodenbeck:
DerekRodenbeck Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Thank you!
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Give1000Smiles Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
The Body is done fabulously, i love the way you used the curves!
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:iconderekrodenbeck:
DerekRodenbeck Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Thanks!
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Kerokees Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
like her hair ! :)
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DerekRodenbeck Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
thanks!
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georgypoo Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist
i think the lines are really pretty! would be nice to see a little more color though, like maybe her skin or something :)
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:iconderekrodenbeck:
DerekRodenbeck Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
thanks!
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GnomesAndCookies Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
your use of colors really give it a submerged feeling, great line work too :clap:
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:iconderekrodenbeck:
DerekRodenbeck Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
thank you!
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:iconartistadealma22:
ArtistaDeAlma22 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!
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:iconkasuria:
kasuria Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work on this! I love it!
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:iconderekrodenbeck:
DerekRodenbeck Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
thank you!
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:icononyisart:
OnyisArt Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You did a good job on this. Keep up the good work and never give up! :D
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:iconderekrodenbeck:
DerekRodenbeck Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
thanks!
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:icononyisart:
OnyisArt Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:icondancemonkeydanceplz::iconwelcomeplz:
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:iconaniqe:
aniqe Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice work:)
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DerekRodenbeck Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
TY!
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ChibiPyro Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Cool!! Are theese watercolors?
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:iconderekrodenbeck:
DerekRodenbeck Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Yep!
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MarcDuhamel Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice subtle use of colour. It's not just the limited palette and transparencies, but the use of shading and highlighting to just suggest form bring life to your black and white line work. Keep up the great work.
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DerekRodenbeck Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Thank you!
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:iconmarcduhamel:
MarcDuhamel Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :)
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MarcDuhamel Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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anpati92 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Nice interpretation, very original... I like the line art, nicely done :D
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DerekRodenbeck Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Thanks!
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anpati92 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
you're welcome ^^
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kuryuki Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
nice~ great job ^^
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DerekRodenbeck Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
TY!
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FallenAngelSkyla Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely line work :) I only wish she was coloured a bit brighter to stand out more.
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DerekRodenbeck Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
THanks!
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Lead-C-Art Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Such evil sexy curves. Nice.
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:iconderekrodenbeck:
DerekRodenbeck Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Ha! Thanks!
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ToniTiger415 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome piece! :D
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DerekRodenbeck Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
TY!
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ToniTiger415 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome! :D
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Whysvert Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow she doesn't look too evil :lol: she makes Ariel look evil :>
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DerekRodenbeck Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
LOL
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DragonPlant Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to love little mermaid and you just gave Ursula a whole new look. I love it
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DerekRodenbeck Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
TY! Glad you like it!
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DragonPlant Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ur welcome
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Methos-DIW Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful art =3
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DerekRodenbeck Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Thanks!
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PJChillOut Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
ha a nicer ursula than the disney movies :p
very nice (:
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DerekRodenbeck Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Thanks!
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In2umniaKillH3r Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I quite like the character, an octopus mermaid.
Nice soft colors.
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DerekRodenbeck Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Thanks!
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Dragons-Garden Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I like your style :)
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