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UnderWaterLove.Szekeres by Jozef-Szekeres UnderWaterLove.Szekeres by Jozef-Szekeres
Done as cover art for UnderWater Love, a Sydney locally produced comic with interior work by Alex Major (Naomi & Poggie), and Adam Gunn (Muhumid the Drunken Camel), I had a reprint of my 13pg b/w mermaid story in there too (originally published in Oblagon in 1991). Every story in this comic had a mermaid theme through it, it was done to entice me to be involved...to do a painted cover, and it worked...how could a mermaid themed comic coming from Australia not have me involved? I'd die if I wasn't part of it.lol

Art by Jozef Szekeres ©2003
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:iconnightwalker50:
Nightwalker50 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
She got carried away - over impulsive.
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Totally ;-)
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kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
This is exquisite! <3
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so very much.
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EmmaUrsella Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
stunning piece....quite hot :D nice well done
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much.
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seawaterwitch Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
I love this *___*
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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seawaterwitch Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
You're very welcome ^^ *hugs*
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:icondj-uni-mekaju:
DJ-Uni-Mekaju Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooo, girl. Get 'em! ;P XD Is he dead? =(
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
That is the question.... will she revive him? or is she too late? Is she deciding to save him? Or is she lamenting?
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DJ-Uni-Mekaju Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Saaaave hiiiiim! DX XD
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
hehehe
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mistyofmyheart Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
wow, beautiful
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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Pathe Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely coloring... I'm just not quite sure if the man is another merperson or human >.<
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. He could be either I guess. I saw him as a lost love for the mermaid...be it a drowned man or a sleeping merperson.
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Emmalyn Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh, wow. Absolutely stunning.
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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ebony-chan Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2006
This is so beautiful, the mermaid looks as if she's a goddess in some way. I looked through your gallery. Great work you have here.^^
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, that is a lovely comment.
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JadeKiss Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Her fins are beautiful. And the way she is brushing her hair back. beautiful. Will you be releasing any prints of this image?
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Hopefully she comes across as very feminine with her posing and gestures. The shape of hair underwater can do wonderful things, I've watched "Splash" a trillion times, pause framing on moments with her as a mermaid underwater, and it always amazes me how magical and how varied her hair can be in a given moment or movement. That's my inspiration.

I may release prints of this mermaid art.
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JadeKiss Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool. I always loved Splash.
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misschievious Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutly Gorgeous, I Love how you draw mermaids their so beautiful keep up the great work :)
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. I love sighting mermaids, usually in art, and every time I see one, it confirms my belief that they are real...(even if it is just in the imagination.) I try to do my bit to show they are real for other mermaid sighters out there.
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misschievious Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Youre very welcome. I love sighting them to and you draw them so beautifully, thier such pleasure to see. I don't draw them very often myself, but seeing the way that you draw them does inspire me to draw more of them :)
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TortuousThrenody Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
This is absolutely stunning, I LOVE the colours and the detail. And the mermaid looks sooo beautiful ! Very very good job ! :+fav:
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for that. I hoped she looked beautiful. The color pallet in this work is a little more limited then I'd probably normally do. The coral and sea life is very purple/blue, yet it seems to work and not be boring, which I surprised myself with. But when you do really look at the fantastic photographic reference you can find of undersea life, it can be very textured and colorful, or just very textured, depending on how everything is lit. I ended up using only the surrounding background colors of the water for most of the coral work (black was added to the mix for definition). I also kept red out of the background color entirely so that it would "pop" with her and his hair. The more detail in color was focussed on the skin toning of the mermaid, showing lots of reflected color on her alabaster skin, plus adding red blush colors here and there to make her have that slight inner glow. I painted her hair more roughly then I'd normally do too, I was going to refine it, then stopped myself when i saw the result and said...this works, and went no further, it gave her hair that painterly energy of movement it needed for that twisted tangle.

Oh, I can tell you're a mermaid lover.
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starr-blood Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006
Wow, beautiful. I love the mermaids hair and tail. I remember when I was little I would go swimming and pretend to be a beautiful mermaid.
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Huh, same here...

Thank you.
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DSil Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006  Student General Artist
Wow! You have an amazingly refined control of the medium, not to mention a great sense of human anatomy and dramatic poses. Is she meant to be the Little Mermaid? 'Cause she does look a lot like the Disney portrayal.
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. Generally speaking I have several thumbnail studies that I do to to work out the final posing of the characters in any given piece, this allows me to get into the head of each character to know what is the best body language (as I see it) to pose them in.

I've been painting redheaded mermaids well before Disney's The Little Mermaid came out in 1989. I find it frustratingly funny that all redheaded mermaids always seem to become Ariel (as a point of reference) to everyone, even when I don't see any other resemblance other then the hair being red, and possibly even the wrong shade of red to Ariels. It goes to show how strongly the Disney versions of fairy tails totally dominate our experience of them. I've even been asked if some of my mermaid art that I did years before the release of Disney's The Little Mermaid was inspired by the movie.Yes it's funny, and yes it's frustrating.

I actually have officially worked on Ariel and her daughter Melody in the Disney sequel movie as an animator, so I feel I definitely know when I'm drawing Ariel or a non Ariel mermaid. I did enjoy working on these characters immensely. I was also instrumental in making sure there were mermaids in the Disney Peter Pan sequel, had I not campaigned for the mermaids to be included the story would have had no mermaid content at all, and as a result I had to do all the mermaid animation on that film, and I was happy to do it. These Disney mermaids do not define my mermaid experience, nor what I have to artistically say and express on the subject of mermaids.

I guess I'll need to do my versions of the Frog Prince and Rapunzel before the new Disney versions are released.
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sandcastler Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006
Wow! That's great you had such an influence on the appearance of the Peter Pan movie mermaids. They were exotic looking with their coloring, and the extra fins and webbed fingers. I wish you had some creative input in "Aquamarine" and "H2O...Just Add Water" to jazz-up those mermaids as well!!
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Just bought Aquamarine....still not watched it yet...
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sandcastler Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007
They did a good job on her tail, but they left out the fingerwebbing as called out for in the original text.
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Is there an original text to Aquamarine? Are you referring to a book or from the screen script?
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sandcastler Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2007
The movie was based on the book of the same name, penned by Alice Hoffman. I believe they shot the movie on OZ's gold coast.
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool, thanks. I did not know of the book origins, but did know it was filmed in Oz. I would have loved the chance to design her tail and look.
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DSil Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2006  Student General Artist
Wow! An industry insider! Thanks for all the info!
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Froda-Stoney Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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alienarose Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006   Digital Artist
This is so gorgeous. She has such an amazing face and I love both of their bodies. There's a wonderful story in this piece and the painting is perfect!
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
In every painting I do I try to have a story that can be read in the characters interactions, the story element deepens the viewing experience, as well as the creation experience.

For this work I saw the story as this:

The mermaid has just arrived moments too late to save this poor drowned man, and looks on with regret...

or

The mermaid has arrived moments before this man she has just discovered will drown, and prepares to kiss/revive him.
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Ennaedwyn Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006
Simply LOVE your works and your mermaids most especially!
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
My mermaids especially will love hearing that...Thank you.
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Ennaedwyn Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2006
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SlavePrincess Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006
It's beautiful, nice detail, the background pinkish color I really like - gives it a diferent lighting
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Something I've realized is that you can have any color you want for an underwater scene, so long as all the elements that show you it's underwater are there...it will convince, lighting underwater can be very colorful.
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girlnouveau Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006
I love how large her fins are. Somehow they seem more proportional to her body, than say, Disney's version, which seems to be the going fin size in most mermaid pics!

And as always...very nice work!
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