Monday, June 16, 2014
ricardobessa:


What if mermaids live really long - and the longer they live, the bigger they grow?

(I guess the bigger they grow, the harder it is for them to stick their torso and even their head out of the water. That’s why no one ever sees the big ones. And definitely never the huge ones.)
A bit late to the party, but here’s my contribution to Julie Dillon’s Catalog of Merfolk. I didn’t have nearly as much time to finish this as I wanted, but I have to be up in 5 hours so this will have to do!

ricardobessa:

What if mermaids live really long - and the longer they live, the bigger they grow?

(I guess the bigger they grow, the harder it is for them to stick their torso and even their head out of the water. That’s why no one ever sees the big ones. And definitely never the huge ones.)

A bit late to the party, but here’s my contribution to Julie Dillon’s Catalog of Merfolk. I didn’t have nearly as much time to finish this as I wanted, but I have to be up in 5 hours so this will have to do!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Darling it’s better down where it’s wetter

gyzym:

febricant:

Gyzym WHY
WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS WHY
oh god, a merman AU where Steve is this sickly kid in 30s Brooklyn and he goes down to the docks to avoid getting beat up on
and becomes friends with this mer-kid named Bucky
and they grow up together
Nat ”What the hell kind of a name is Bucky for a mermaid anyway?” kid Steve asks
“‘scuse you,” says merman Bucky, “I’m a merman. Anyway what kind of a name is Steve? What kind of a name is any name?”  he’s been practicing his mystical bullshit
Gyzym Steve kicks water at him
"don’t philosophize I SAW YOU SNATCH THAT APPLE OFF THAT SHIP” Steve says, stern. DON’T PLAY ALL WISE AND KNOWING WITH ME

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in a long history of amazing/ridiculous conversations nat and i have had, this may be the most amazing/ridiculous one

this is a masterpiece.

Monday, May 12, 2014

oh-so-shiny:

Amazing merman sculpture by artist Cameron Stalheim (photos are from his site and belong to him, not me).  Media is Plastic, Foam, Steel, & Acrylic.  If the merman looks familiar to you, it’s because the artist created the mold from the gorgeous gay porn star/artist Colby Keller.  Freakin’ gorgeous!!

I want one in my living room, stat.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Friday, March 14, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

fucktonofanatomyreferences:

A delightful fuck-ton of mermaid anatomy references.

A bit of a talk-through; Consider how natural swimming is to mermaids/men. When swimming, they often won’t be utilizing their hands and arms to help them move forward, ‘cause they’re adept to using their tails and want to keep their arms free for multitasking. Of course there are situations where it’s required, like when fighting currents and twisting around. Because they’re swimming on a horizontal, their heads will be turned upward, just like if we humans were standing vertically looking up to the sky. Mer-peoples’ chests are often puffed outward, because the arms are typically pulled back behind them (just like when humans are told to “sit up straight and show good posture” by rolling the shoulders back). Do keep in mind that the GIFs above don’t show full tail movement, as human legs don’t bend outward; mer-tails will be like the side-to-side fish swimming motion, but flipped to the side (if that made any goddamn sense). Don’t forget they’ll be breathing underwater (and maybe on land, depending if you want to grant them that ability)! Are you giving ’em gills, or are the human lungs somehow acclimatized to breathing water? Think about whether you’re designing a mermaid for practicality or aesthetics; if it’s gonna be practical, their hair will more than likely be cut short or tied up, ‘cause, though swimming with long hair isn’t too difficult, it tangles wicked easily and can impede sight (in the ocean, a mere second can cost you). Of course we all like the long flowing hair (I do too), but that’s just something to think about. (Be aware that good haircuts on land might not be good underwater, and vice versa. Consider how the water will affect the hair movement.) And designing the fins, too. Think about whether you’re splicing them with another sea creature or if they’re a new design entirely. Think about how you want them to swim and how the fins will help that work. Also, depending on how “cultured” you want ‘em to be, they probably won’t be wearing clothing, because no other creature under the sea does. But, then again, they’ve been in contact with humans (otherwise there would be no myths and rumours), so maybe they took after us. Who knows. Just food for thought. (Merpeople can be creepy as fuck, too; they don’t have to be these gentle maidens.) And of course, there’s the reproductive/excretive system. If we assume mermaids take after whales, the genitalia will be just about ”mid-shin” level in front. Some people put it at the end of the tail (between the two fins), and some make the fish half disappear slightly at the waist to expose “human” genitalia. You can get creative with it, since they’re mythical creatures. Maybe their belly-buttons are also anuses. Who really knows. “What about merman genitalia?” Look up “male whale genitalia” on Google, or “male fish genitalia.” That might help.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

baelor:

I SLOWED DOWN A GIRLS GENERATION SONG BY 1000% AND IT ACTUALLY SOUNDS LIKE THE PRIMORDIAL HYMN OF OCEANIC MEGA GODDESSES

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Tumblr reinvents the mermaid myth

All illustrations used with permission from the artists. Individual credit links in the article.

Mermaids are one of the creatures that the fantasy world can’t get enough of.  But for some inexplicable reason, Hollywood is completely failing to provide the world with a modern reimagining of the mermaid myth. Seriously, a cameo appearance in the worst Pirates of the Caribbean movie is all we’ve seen of them in recent years, while dragon fans get The Hobbit, Game of Thrones and Harry Potter. Totally unfair.

So, the Tumblr community has decided to just go ahead and solve the mermaid problem by themselves.

Last week, Tumblr user besides-itstoowarm presented a few starter suggestions for more “realistic” mermaids that didn’t fall into the Disney Princess stereotype.

"Chubby Inuit mermaids with sleek seal tails
Sleek Japanese mermaids with orange and white koi bodies
Dark, scaly mermaids with enormous white eyes so that they can hunt at the bottom of the sea
Small mermaids with spiky, poisonous lionfish bodies
Mermaids with sharp teeth and shark tails that hunt sailors for fun
Mermaids that aren’t just skinny blonde pretty girls with fish tails”

It’s no coincidence that a lot of these ideas emphasise the grotesque over the feminine and romantic. Mermaids are one of the very few monsters that are explicitly written as female, but the old legends seem pretty tired and sexist in a 21st century context. Either we’re used to seeing de-fanged, child-friendly mermaids like Disney’s Ariel, or unimaginative retellings of the old stories where mermaids start off sweet and seductive but end up drawing men down to their deaths.

Tumblr’s mermaids are frightening, unearthly, and have very little interest in chasing sailors around. [READ MORE]

Saturday, January 25, 2014
cloven:

freeshippingrelay:

Team 7, SeiGou, art!

Yaaay, the shipping relay submissions went live! I present a baby pirate queen and her scaly boyf.

cloven:

freeshippingrelay:

Team 7, SeiGou, art!

Yaaay, the shipping relay submissions went live! I present a baby pirate queen and her scaly boyf.

Monday, December 30, 2013