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The Mermaid v 2.0 by JessiBeans The Mermaid v 2.0 by JessiBeans
The Mermaid
Mikhail Lermontov

A young mermaid once swam and splashed in a stream
That was lit by a full moon's bright beam,
And she struck at the waves, for she wanted to send
The white foam to the moon overhead.

And the stream leapt and danced and rushed noisily on.
And the clouds in its depths whirled and spun.
And the mermaid she sang, and her song echoed o'er
The blue water and high, rocky shore.

Sang the mermaid: "Deep down, hid from everyone's sight,
There are flashes of colour and light,
Crystal cities that give off a magical glow,
Golden fishes that flit to and fro.

"On bright pillows of sand, in the stream's cool embrace,
With the sea grasses shading his face,
Sleeps a knight, of the jealous blue waters the prey,
Sleeps a knight from a land faraway.

"And my sisters and I, when we tire of our play,
By the side of the knight like to stay,
And we comb his silk locks with a gold comb, and his
Ashen brow and pale lips gently kiss.

"But the knight never stirs and, I cannot tell why,
To our kisses he does not reply.
Cold and still lies he there, by a deep slumber bound,
And no murmur escapes him, no sound."

So the mermaid she sang, filled with sadness and pain,
With a sorrow she could not explain,
And the stream leapt and danced and rushed noisily on,
And the clouds in its depths whirled and spun.


For Children's Illustration, our section on poetry.
Colored version of lineart

2H Pencil on Bristol Board
Colored in Photoshop 7.0 with my Precioussssssss
Image ME!!! 2006
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Krigstein Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
A beautiful poem and your art does a perfect job of conveying it.
LBPBOY Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
navimay6 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
ooooh finished. so pretty!
OceanSilverBreeze Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
This is amazing. I love it! :clap:
Clare-Dragonfly Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
littlewoodmermaid Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
love the colour version!
vanquiishedbrownese Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
This is a very haunting and lovely picture. ^^
SnittyCakez Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful :D GREAT job ;)
LaJoyLi Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love the purple blue pallette!! such a dreamy looking mermaid!
CosmicFalcon-70 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Cool! Love the colors & tones in've done well :thumbsup:
smileyface9 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
That's so good! and the story is so sad! Love it :)
Evilduckie227 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
Loving the textures !!!
LadyCharielyn Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Yeah..Both versions are splendid but this one takes the price
luna-eyes Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist

the eyes are the windows to the soul
will-o-the-wispy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is lovely :)
HotchocolateLovin Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Love it! The colors are very subtle, but I like this version more than the original.
Novarock Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
very nice version of it in colors ^^ bravo!
allison712 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've been featured! :iconweekenddanceplz: [link]
Tania-S Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
hi ^^
You´re work are featured here [link]
OceanAtEndofTheLane Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
Hey there, I featured this awesome piece in this news article: [link] (sorry for the double post at the top, glitch!) stop by and take a peek at the other awesome mermaid art pieces and if you like it please give it a fav so other deviants will see it!
Lunaura Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
When I first saw the line art I really didnt pay attention to the poem. Just read that I was allowed to color it, so I saved it, and cleaned it up a bit, getting it ready. Now that I'm going to start the flats, I'm looking at different versions as well as yours, and I finally read the poem.

At first I thought the man was made of stone, even though he had the rope on him. I dont know what to really think now. There are many different things he could be. I love your interpretation of the poem. I really do.

boisterouspaz Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
oh my gawd.this is better than the little [link] this is [link] five.
Pish-Posh Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
A beautiful picture! You matched the poem wonderfully :D And what an intriguing poem it is!! Makes you wonder, which has certainly translated into the picture :)
strwberri-girl Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008
This is beautiful! I love the colors.
TechnicolorEmoKid Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008   Writer
zomg, this piccy deserves the Nobel Prize for Art

im way in love with it!

how can you do stuff like that?!

i cant draw a straight line with a ruler
most days anyway
aberry89 Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
The poem is so beautiful! Did you write that?
papermask Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008
beautiful coloring. it's filled with such emotion. you're very talented.
TheIcePixy Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008
I love the poem and the picture! How sad and beautiful!
TFC-Starscream Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007
Amazing, just amazing.
kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007
That's beautiful.
SalixPurpurea Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007
I love it:) Mermaids' fins are just perfect!
ayuICHI Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
OOh, so very beautiful. I love mermaids so much so this is like, automatic favorite.. :XD: But still, yeah, it's incredible. <33
EnchantedMasquerade Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love the poem you put with this, it's definitely heart breaking!:) I like this alot!!
Terrizae Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007  Professional General Artist
This picture is so beautiful! The colors, the concept, everything is just amazing!
DevinShadowV Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow: nuff said :ahoy:
missybobhotpants Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007
Awesome, I love the colors. She could take ariel anyday, beat her ass!
BAMFCentaur Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007   Digital Artist
This is beautifully and smoothly illustrated...and the blending of the three scenes actually works ^_^ It can be a difficult thing to do. The poem is one of my favorites. Yay, Lermontov!!!
crystalclear6149 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007  Student
absolutley great! I love it and the poem is really nice too, good job!
ZachsOrgasmicFluffy Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007
Wow.Thats so sad..something you could actually tell to children and have the meaning pulled to older people who understand what it meant.Beautiful
JessiBeans Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Russian poets are wonderfully dark in that regard. I don't think this was originally ment for children, but I also don't think child censorship should go to the extent it does. :D

I highly recomment looking up more of Lermontov's poetry, he is REALLY inspiring... in a dark, depressing way.
slave2F8 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ahhh!!!! this reminds me of the mermaid and the sunken man at the opening/end of the book prospero's children. very nice.
Schnuggelschnegge Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
Aww wow this is so beautiful
Chocolateer Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's very sad..but beautiful none the less.
AdharaBatul Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
I've spend ten minutes trying to figure out where I should post a comment, because I absolutely love your gallery...
I'm going to watch you with my other account!
Congrats, madam! *wink*
Ariana-Blossom Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2007
This is fantastic, can I ask what texture you used? Keep up the great work!
oceansgem Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007

I wish I could draw like that!
thats a lot of talent!

Future-Art-Magazine Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007
Congratulations! This piece has just been featured in the most recent Themed Feature - Mermaids #2 newsarticle at *Future-Art-Magazine

You can see the newsarticle here: [link]

(Click the 'loveit' button if you like the article please)

Kind Regards

:pointr: =mizzdraconia :pointl:
msandie Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007  Student General Artist
Very pretty! I like your mermaid interpretation, simplistic but not too typical. And i love the color scheme. Great job!
angelinme220 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2007
What a gorgeous poem. I really love the composition of the piece and the design of her tail. The light texture over the whole canvas really gives this a great feel.
chesney Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
I really love how you've blended all the scenes.
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