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Acting Koi by PickledPixie Acting Koi by PickledPixie
Woo! I got something done *lol*
It's been ages since I painted something, so I thought I'd do something simple to help get back into the swing of things (hopefully).

This cheeky thing has been sitting in my sketchbook for almost a year now. It was only yesterday that I thought to myself 'Yeah, it's mermaid painting time.'

So here's my take on a Koi mermaid. She was fun to paint!

Hope you like her :)


A3 Watercolours.
Image is © me (L.Machin).
Please do NOT use without my permission.
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:iconlizzychrome:
LizzyChrome Featured By Owner Edited Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the patterns and colors! She's beautiful! 
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TemptressTsuki Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Student General Artist
Honto ni kokoii!!!
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AlexandraRena Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the transparency you achieved in her fins! They look fantastic! :D
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:iconpickledpixie:
PickledPixie Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thankyou! I tried out a different technique for the fins this time around... Am glad that it paid off =D
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Tracie76Stock Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
Truly a wonderful work of art!:heart:
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:iconpickledpixie:
PickledPixie Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thankyou so much!
I'm so happy you like her!
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:iconsenelfy:
Senelfy Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very original and very well done too :)
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:iconpickledpixie:
PickledPixie Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thankyou! I'm so happy that you like her :)
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gracefulseanymph Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cute and cheeky babe you really captured the Koi Carp in your mermaid.
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:iconpickledpixie:
PickledPixie Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008   Traditional Artist
:glomp:
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:iconthandav:
thandav Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
cool
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:iconpickledpixie:
PickledPixie Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thankyou! :)
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:iconsorrowking:
sorrowking Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
Yep.....Socks rocked! How you been mate? Long time no see
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:icondastenna:
DasTenna Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
The compositon is great. :wow:
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:iconpaegarni:
paegarni Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
Beautiful work, Lily.
Love the expression and sense of movement in the tail, I can almost see it gliding.
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wear-the-fox-hat Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
beautiful :) :mangapunksai:
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ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful work!! :D
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:iconpickledpixie:
PickledPixie Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thanks Rebecca! :glomp:
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KathrynWhiteford Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, she's so cheeky and pretty! ;) Great work UPP, gorgeous colours! :hug:
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:iconpickledpixie:
PickledPixie Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thanks Kat! :glomp:
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:iconcybernetichero:
cybernetichero Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
That is amazing!
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:iconpickledpixie:
PickledPixie Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thanks! Glad you like her :)
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:iconcybernetichero:
cybernetichero Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
Very much.
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SashaFitzgerald Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww! She's adorable, the title really suits her expression :D I absolutely love the colour scheme, she's so striking! :heart:
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PickledPixie Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thankyou so much! With this piece, this title came to me first (which is normally not the case) so I had to work to that. The expression took a little while to get right, but I'm happy with the way she turned out.
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jenely Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:giggle: at title!! That's just so clever!!!

She's a very lovely coy koi indeed!!!
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PickledPixie Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008   Traditional Artist
:giggle: Thanks Dawn!
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WeedFairy Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
What a great idea to make a koi mermaid! I actually never thought of that, even though it is so beautiful! This mermaid is about the most unique one I have seen yet. :nod: Also, great job on the transparency of the fins!
Keep it up! :heart:
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:iconpickledpixie:
PickledPixie Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thankyou my sweet! :hug:
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astrals-stock Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Yay, something new from you! Love it.
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:iconpickledpixie:
PickledPixie Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thanks Jenni! :hug:
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kirstinmills Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
And she's back! Wooot! I loved the sketch for this way back when you did it and I love the painting even more...she's so awesome! I wish you could fave things more than once :P
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PickledPixie Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008   Traditional Artist
:glomp: Yeah, I seem to be back *looks around* yeah... back indeed!
Thanks Kirstin :blushes:
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kirstinmills Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
:D Good to see you here! You've been missed :D
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teddi-lashay Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional General Artist
i'm so speachless .......... i absolutly love this:) you have inspired me a ton. nothing i can say could match this:)
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PickledPixie Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008   Traditional Artist
:hug: Oh Teddi, thankyou for such kind words :hug:
I'm not sure I deserve it, but I thank you anyways :hug:
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teddi-lashay Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008  Professional General Artist
one thing i learned as an tattoo artist is you have to find confidence in all the work you do. thats when you truly find the artist within:) you deserve it because i have watched your art change in somany ways and it shows growth and i'm proud to see your work you are growing as a artist and a person and it shows:) i look forward to seeing your work all the time:)
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Katerina-Art Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
good to see you back lily, she's so pretty lovely choice of colors too :clap:
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PickledPixie Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008   Traditional Artist
:hug: Thanks Kat! Feels good to have the 'ol paintbrush in my hand again.
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Zafiara Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008   Photographer
Awww ^^ This is so cute!

I love her pose! And her translucent tail!

So beautiful ^^

And her hair turned out great!!! =P
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PickledPixie Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008   Traditional Artist
Awww thanks hun! :hug:
*lol* Oh the hair... Always gives me such trouble :shakefist:
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Zafiara Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008   Photographer
you're welcome :hug:

Lol! ^^
The hair turned out great :heart: ^^
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Meggyb Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Oh wow good to see you back again! This is so cool, I'm almost finished a dragon koi painting too and it has similar markings. Maybe they can hang out lol. She's really gorgeous!
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PickledPixie Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thanks Meg :glomp:
Ooh, can't wait to see your dragon! What a cool idea!
And yeah, they're soo going to hang out together!
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Meggyb Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
hahah! Totally! I put a preview on my livejournal, if you have LJ these days my username is meggybee... bwahah
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Regs Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I remember the sketch, and you have done a brilliant job painting her. She is absolutely adorable and sooo cheeky:aww:
I just love her:heart:
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PickledPixie Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thanks Regan!
Yeah, she was stuck in my sketch book for quite some time... (now to try & get more of my backlog outta the way :XD: )
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Starlightie Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Wow that is by far the BEST mermaid I have ever seen. So much more the way I picture a mermaid to be in my head... such a wonderful job you did with this.. I adore her expression.. and the colors and motion of this is so wonderful .. a definite fave!
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PickledPixie Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008   Traditional Artist
Aww thankyou! You sure know how to make a gal blush! :hug:

I was lucky, in that my mum has a small pond with cold water goldfish & a couple Koi carp. I love sitting and watching them calmly float & glide through the water. So inspiration for this one came very easily. There's also something very fluid & graceful about fish movements, and when it comes to mermaids I think we often place too much 'human' emphasis on them. I like giving mine a more fishy flow with their bodies.
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Starlightie Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008  Student Digital Artist
I totally agree with you, I have always thought that mermaids would lean more to the fish side as well.. and you really captured that look!
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