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Hot Crustatcean Band...of Pirates by GarthFT Hot Crustatcean Band...of Pirates by GarthFT
The latest in my line of twisted faerie tales. This time we delve into that classic maritime tale of love across different worlds and bad bargains. This time round, our head-strong merwoman seems to have gathered together a hot crustacean band of cutthroats and sunk her prince's ship. Not satisfied with dubious contracts, she's bringing her prince (and all his gold) down to her.

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I love the overlying concept of switching up the fairy tale without letting in the original European influences, and the title just makes the drawing. The use of color is very nice--I almost wish there were a few places of more intense color on the crabs--nothing super serious, and it's not aboslutely necessary, it's just a preference of mine.

The handling of the mermaid's fins is superb, they read really subtle and delicate without getting lost in the action of the scene. I also love that the skin's been treated with greens and blues--it really makes her read as an aquatic creature and not a hybridized being.

I wish the treasure in the chest was a little more disturbed, since the ship is sinking and canting to the right, but again: minor concern.

All in all, this drawing is gorgeous and a must :+fav:!
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Goodlyman100 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015
the crab pirates make the whole thing
Hinata-Wolf77 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014   General Artist
Beautiful love the colors and the drawing style. What programs do u use?
SchattenLotus Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
:D :lol:
Rammsteinfan1994 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Ashoof Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
ok someone get disney on the phone and have them let you redesign this classic!!
sandcastler Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Love the extra fishy look to the mermaid with the extra fins and gills in her neck...she'd look great with webbed hands, too!
Neilhawk Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013

I thought the lyric was "part of your world", not "part

of my world". oh well, very cute concept and nicely done.

Princey isn't happy.

unicornomics Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013   General Artist
I love the detail and the concept
Stuartra Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
This is truly Awesome
princessofDisney27 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
heh never thought of seeing ariel a pirate XDDD hahah
sollienevina Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Photographer
I remember you now! You were at MTAC! I just want to say I absolutely love this picture and will be saving up to buy this one and the Peter Pan one.
Crimson-Werecat Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Flamme-Doudoune Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Wow ! This is awesome !
silvanoir Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist
Always thought she should have stayed a fish! Love this
Dracowhip Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great idea and wonderful artwork my friend. Ariel looked hot.
Heretic1311 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
I love the crabs. Specially the one with the cannon bound to itīs claw. Great work!
Catburglar002 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Now that's one bad ass Ariel!
onelilmermaid Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Knyn Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Avast ye scurvy bitches!!
phoebewyndham Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Bought this and a few of your others this weekend and I love them. So glad to have discovered your work.
Doll-Of-Murder Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
love her expression
Hercules3000 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Man, this is pretty cool. I love how Flounder has an eyepatch and a crab has a hooked hand.
Of course, Ariel's gonna be pissed when her prince drowns.
torturebunni Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
I love your take on this. The fish-hook in her mouth is the PERFECT touch.
this is awesome i love it!
SailorMoonParadise Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
a very interesting in sight love it
MicroNekoGirlPur Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
well they say red heads are fiesty.
InkCell-Illustration Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
glowworm56 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Ilove the crab pirates--awesome twist.
supermomochan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012 awesome....i love twisted faerie tale stuff! and i love pirates, so win!
Amaterasu16 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Interesting concept!!!!!!
foreverWeasleyLover Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
this. is. awesome. end of story ;) totally in love with this!
AnokiPirate Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I absolutely love this. I saw it in the critique area and decided to just had to come and comment! (Also favourite it)

Fantastic artwork! Really!
Rastifan Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent. Lovely shading and coloring:)
TifaxLockhart Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Amazing!! :love:
Guei-Girl Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Awesome pic. If only Ariel really did that to the prince instead of gush after him 24/7.
StrawberryL Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Omg...awesome <3
dragonduo05 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
LOL. Love the fish with an eye patch! This princess is a much better (stronger) character than the one from either the Andersen tale or Disney movie. Besides the composition of the picture I also love the lighting & colouring.
Yaoi-Huntress-Earth Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mer-Pirates are such an awesome idea.
Cionie Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is great! I kind wish there was some gold silverware in the chest though, like a dinglehopper :)
shiny-kiyoko Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
omfg how great is this O_O
Xena-Michele Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Normally I've got a thing against mermaids with human clothes, and even more so mermaid pirates, but you did a really nice job on this. The whole thing is beautiful, honestly, I was just particularly impressed with the mermaid because I usually am not fond of that sort of look. So kudos, my dear.
MarissaSunshine Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Well, it's what a mermaid would actually do to a prince charming - drag them down to the bottom of the sea, of course!
madmaddy101 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Celiyasha Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's one feisty Ariel.
xXForeverFreeXx Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
God i wish the real movie was like this e3e it would be so much more epic
YukiHiei Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
very nice !!!!!
it's possible have with a woman ?
Vulpine-Designs Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
God there is nothing here i would really change in a critique... I LOVE Flounder... but where is Sebastian?
Yuki-Kedamono Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm gunna take a guess maybe Sebastian is the crab with the red sash thingy?
Vulpine-Designs Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Sebastien is a lobster
Yuki-Kedamono Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
don't want to burst your bubble or anything, but he is in fact a hermit crab :)
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