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Mermaid Thinking_ COLOR by tombancroft Mermaid Thinking_ COLOR by tombancroft
I was going to wait till tomorrow to post this- but I couldn't wait! I loves me some green hair girls! I hope you do too. It makes sense though, mermaids wouldn't want to eat their fish friends so they would eat lots of green kelp- thus turning their hair green. I did the topless thing (which I still feel guilty about) because it also seemed the most "natural" look for a mermaid. Having that blue marker run dry actually worked out this time! I like the effect.

PS. Optional story: I did her thinking and twirling her hair as an homage to my buddy/mentor, the great Disney animator Mark Henn- who animated about half of the Ariel scenes in the film. I remember going to see the first trailer for Mermaid (it was playing in the screening room for the animation tour in FLorida soon after we got there for the opening of the studio) and it was the first time we had seen it. Because Mark finished his animation on Mermaid and got onto a plane to move to Florida, it was the first time he was seeing some of his scenes in color. The scene where she overhears Eric saying he is going to marry Ursula/princess, and Ariel hides behind the pillar, breathing hard and nervously flicking her hand and then fitting with her hair came on and I was blown away! It was Mark's animation and one of the best scenes in the film. I went on and on about it and he kept watching it over and over saying he wished he had made some changes to it. He loved it and hated it at the same time. Anyway, he invented the whole nervously fitting with her hair thing. He used it again, later, with Jasmine too.


Markers, graphite, a little colored pencil.
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GlamouringAsMortal Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015   Traditional Artist
I always thought that scene with Ariel was amazing, as well. It's so incredibly subtle, and still so incredibly expressive at the same time. Having lost her voice by that point in the film, she has no dialogue. Yet it is still perfectly clear that she is thinking and feeling a million things all at once. I've watched that sequence a trillion times and it seems like I discover some previously unnoticed nuance every single time.
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bluegill Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
cool pic
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:iconik16:
IK16 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Her expression looks cute.
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:iconmitsu-eifie:
Mitsu-Eifie Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love this :iconinuloveplz: it must be awesome having a friend who worked on the little mermaid! My mom says that Disney called her and asked her to play the part of Ariel (she didn't take the job) but I think she was just trying to impress me (note I was like...6 at the time) because whenever I bring it up and ask her she has no idea what I'm talking about...haha :iconinulolplz:
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bizcut16 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
i love the color in this.
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:iconkoolebra-ddr:
Koolebra-DDR Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
The mermaid must go around topless!
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:iconcaptain-paulo:
Captain-Paulo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice
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Mitch-el Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
I love this, particularly the colors! Very cute. :aww:

Interesting story about Mark Henn there. We're all our own worst critic! Ha-ha.

-- Mitch
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RobbVision Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
she is great! I wish I could capture mannerisms and expressions like you do, you're my hero Tom!!
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:icontombancroft:
tombancroft Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Oh blah, blah, blah. Thanks though.
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:iconlittlejack23:
littlejack23 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice colors!
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:iconredlinejp:
redlinejp Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student Filmographer
HEEEELOOOOOOOOWW Nurse!!!
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:iconthad415p:
thad415p Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
I dig the curves
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:icondoodlz18:
Doodlz18 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012   Artist
amazing :D
love her green hair :3
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:iconswanlullaby:
SwanLullaby Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely mythological creature!
She looks gorgeous.
Nice artwork as usual :)
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:iconantoniomosko:
antoniomosko Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Excelente.
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:iconsweetbenzedrine:
sweetBenzedrine Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
she looks gorgeous xD
i like her belly button!
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:iconquantum-kiff:
Quantum-Kiff Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're style is absolutely adorable! Her expression is so cute! <3
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:iconuglygosling:
uglygosling Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
And pointed ears too? (hard to tell) Could this be another Vulcan mermaid?
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:iconelioli:
ELIOLI Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Love it!
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:iconstudiobueno:
StudioBueno Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Loved the original sketch, love the colored version (green hair included)!
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:iconblrout:
Blrout Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it, sir!
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sirenabonita Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
most excellent! :iconmermaidplz:
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:iconevaunit4a:
EVAUnit4A Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist
Wonderful picture! Vibrant coloring, great pose and mood... I could go on and on and on.

:iconbravoplz:

Yeah, I've been an Arielholic since 1989 when I saw her at age 6. I'm 29 now, and I still can't get enough of :iconarielplz: because she's one of my absolute favorite Dinsey ladies.

...:iconursulaplz: is pretty awesome too, though it took me a while to realize that.
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lululetti Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, it is a great scene!! :D
I love this little mermaid too tho, she looks adorable! :D
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StephenBJones Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
cute hair twirling :)
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:icondraconic-spirit:
Draconic-Spirit Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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:icontokibuni:
TokiBuni Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Cute! :D
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:icondarylt:
DarylT Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Here hair might have algae in it.
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baddafantasy Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oh she looks great :). the hand pose reminds me a bit of a rapunzel sketch, love it and the colors are also great, green blue red. cant wait to see whats coming next
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
It's a very nice image and a nice tribute.
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torquesmacky Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Who did the part where Eric first approaches Ariel on the beach and she gives him that LOOK? That's as gorgeous as I've ever seen a cartoon character appear. I've always assumed it was Glen Keane's work.
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tombancroft Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, that's Glen Keane.
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S-Harkey Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Very nice, glad you went topless- lol- its nice to see you be more adventurous but still classy!
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:iconmoonmystique:
moonmystique Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Cute! I do like uniquely coloured hair, it can be a lot of fun C:
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:icondscapades:
Dscapades Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its very unsexualized which i like nice work man ^^
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Willy-M-Wonka Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it! : D <3
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:iconkikyz:
Kikyz Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student
so cute. adore it all
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alice4cc Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Naww.. the hair censoring is fine, usually mermaids were topless.. unless they stole a bikini top that went astray.. lol..

and she has a lovely, great face. :D
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BezerroBizarro Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
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jjstaples Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Fantastic!
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Vynndetta Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it!

Ha! You feel guilty for that? She's a mermaid! And her hair is acting as perfect censoring. No worries.

Honestly, I'd love to see your "beautiful women" take on some other creatures of myth.
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:icontombancroft:
tombancroft Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Like what? Name a couple....
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:iconvynndetta:
Vynndetta Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dryad, fairy, centaur, Medusa type things-sirens and the like, etc. I dunno I think it could be interesting.
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RubyDrache Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SO MUCH LOVE for this. It is amazing
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:iconfungster:
fungster Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
that was fast
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Liz-Kaguya Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Green :heart: Green was definitely a good choice.
I love her expression.
And she looks just fine topless, I mean at least she’s still covered by her hair :)
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brklynKandinc Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! I think altogether this is one of my favorites of your drawings. Very nice!
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pascalscribbles Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student Filmographer
I love it when Troy talks about his Disney experience stories. I hope to take some classes from John Webber as well and here some of his stories about working there. The Disney style is slowly rubbing off in a mixture with my own cartoon style. Love how the color turned out!!
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Kikyz Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student
scad student alert
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