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There are entirely too few male merfolk depicted for my liking, so I decided to draw a quick cell-shaded piece.



EDIT: Wow! Okay, wow! I never EVER expected this painting to have such a success! Thank you all, very much for the many favs and comments. I am truly honored and overjoyed that this little piece is so much to everyone's liking. I'll be sure to reply to every comment later this month.

Until then though, I would like to answer three frequently asked questions:

SEX: I am not depicting here a documentary, but in my opinion, they would have sex the way marine mammals have sex. Research dolphins, orcas, wales, if you have trouble imagining. The merman is part human. Not FULL fish. So it's only natural that he also has a 'mammals' reproductive organs.

BABIES: Another question raised multiple times. Not all sex has to lead to babies. They don't want any. They are together because they love each other, not to procreate. :)

BREATHING: They are close to the surface, so she can get back to the surface to get a breath of air. In the mean time, she is very good at holding her breath. ;)
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:iconthe-winter-girl:
the-winter-girl Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Nice artwork, I love the colours you used in it!
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:icontolkienmithril:
tolkienmithril Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Love it. Absolutely fabulous.
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:iconanuna15:
anuna15 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
Love the merman! Great painting overall, but the merman is very original I think, I think what sets him apart from other merfolk is the multiple colors in his tail-I haven't seen that style before. Most artists use just a solid color or at least 1 shade in different variations-but this guy-love him!
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:iconmathiaarkoniel:
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you ever so much for the wonderful compliment. Thank you also for telling me what you think sets the merman apart from other renditions. I never thought the multi-colored tail would be something anyone likes. Quite the contrary. I was convinced no one would like it, because it's so multi-colored. XD I am glad you like it. :)
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:iconfloraiji30:
floraiji30 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! ;)
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:icongreenanimebird:
GreenAnimeBird Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
totally agree, love this ^^
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:iconhanakofairhall:
HanakoFairhall Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Heavens, if her skivvies were floating nearby, I'd totally think there were something going on...and the FAQ you put up clued me in that this isn't like that o-o

...and yes, I did go look up Orcas and reproduction >///>
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:iconnypra-the-mobian:
Nypra-The-Mobian Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Skivvie??
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:iconhanakofairhall:
HanakoFairhall Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Her underwear lol
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:iconnypra-the-mobian:
Nypra-The-Mobian Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Oh. My bad. ha I never heard that term for underwear before. haha
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:iconhanakofairhall:
HanakoFairhall Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
hehe, that's okay, it's quite a British term XD
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:iconmathiaarkoniel:
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
LOL! No no, definitely nothing is going on. Or as John Green from Crash-Course likes to say: they are not "scoodely-pooping". XD
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:iconhanakofairhall:
HanakoFairhall Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
XD Okay then
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:iconwhitelighter5:
whitelighter5 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
What a gorgeous fin!
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:iconnypra-the-mobian:
Nypra-The-Mobian Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Beautiful. I love the intimacy of this photo. Who says humans and merfolk can't love one another. I always liked the legend that when a mermaid or merman kisses a human, its a kiss of magic and that person can then breath underwater as long as he/she stays in the merfolks presence. So in my view they could swim to the sea floor and have sex in the discreet waters down below and for as long as they want. <3 Just my thought. :)
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:icontharshinaa:
Tharshinaa Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I like the composition and the colours very much here. What attracts me the most is his tail, and the intimacy of this picture - it's very well-depicted. =) Also love how her hair is all flowy. =3 Nice change of style, is it possible for you to try this more often? 
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:iconmathiaarkoniel:
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you ever so much for the wonderful review and compliments. I am glad to hear you like this piece. I sure loved working in this style, so if I'll have the time, i will most certainly play around with it a bit more. There are sadly very few ideas that come to my mind where I could use it. So it's pending. XD
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:icondemonic-bamboo-panda:
Demonic-Bamboo-Panda Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait...So they are not hugging?! I thought they were hugging closely!..O-oh my!
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:iconmathiaarkoniel:
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
LOLOL! No, no! That's just the pervy mind of the viewers. They ARE hugging. She has panties, though they aren't visible. XD So no naughty stuff. Just a close hug with a kiss.
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:icondemonic-bamboo-panda:
Demonic-Bamboo-Panda Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Q~Q okay!
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:icongryffgirl:
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
You've been featured: gryffgirl.deviantart.com/journ…
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:iconmathiaarkoniel:
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you ever so much for the feature. I am honored!
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:icongryffgirl:
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
You're welcome!
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:iconhyugahinata14:
HyugaHinata14 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
no words! <3 <3 <3
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:iconangelasdawn:
angelasdawn Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Fantastic piece.
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:iconalexmasterman:
Alexmasterman Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Perfect!
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:iconsandcastler:
sandcastler Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
I like the aquatic look with the gills & webbed hands!
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:iconms-mad:
Ms-Mad Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student General Artist
Обычно наоборот) но все равно это охуенно!
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:iconkiwimargarita:
KiwiMargarita Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
He's so breath taking! I love his coloring!
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:iconduskhorse:
DuskHorse Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow the colours on that tail are fantastic! And I really love the style <3
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:icondeshune:
deshune Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student Artist
dude i love it soo much
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:iconkrystabell:
krystabell Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Excellent work like others have said there isnt many pairings like this well done
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:iconshadowtiger16:
ShadowTiger16 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow
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:iconui-azuma:
Ui-Azuma Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow this is ever so cuuute and wonderful to. :D <3
and i agree their are not many male merfolk art around. :(

Awesome work. :D
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:iconstrawberryl:
StrawberryL Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Oh my god this is gorgeous <3 <3
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:iconaudreve:
audreve Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
This is beautiful... his tail is amazing, I can't stop looking!
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:iconnassi-luzi:
nassi-luzi Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Love it! Itīs so beautiful!
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:iconblack-wren:
Black-Wren Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
You're right. There aren't enough mermen around. I like how you have the reverse of the tyipical story. Usually it is the man making out with the mermaid underwater.

I love the choice of colors and the design for the merman.
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:iconthejazza:
theJazza Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
I think it's cool of you to address those three points, but frankly this is awesome enough to not need to think about those kinds of things. Basically, this is beautiful
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:iconcreativeant:
creativeant Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is really good!
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:iconelly3981:
Elly3981 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
This is really neat; I really like the rainbow colors on the merman. Are these two from any particular series or mearly OCs of yours?
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:iconmathiaarkoniel:
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I am glad you like it. :D
As for your question, they are merely OC's. No strong story behind them.
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:iconstrawberrybonbons:
StrawberryBonBons Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, cute, really not enough stuff like this~
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:iconelvenlass:
elvenlass Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
This is gorgeous, I love how you made his tale multicolored. :D
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