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the Little Mermaid by IslaDelCoco the Little Mermaid by IslaDelCoco
[EDIT] after YEARS, I'm very disappointed that the most of the comments is about my bad description of the novel - i've posted it seven years ago, based on the italian translation of the story - than now i've removed the description, just enjoy the novel. [/EDIT]

I hope you like it, anyway.

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original chara is (c) H. C. Andersen and Disney
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JDLuvaSQEE Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this!!
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Artretha Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Hi! It's one amazing picture! I saw this pic from an article on Movie Pilot, and I really liked how it captured the anguish that the real Little Mermaid felt. I'm working on a YouTube series in which I narrate the original fairy tales, and I was wondering, if I refer my viewers to your DA page, if I may use your art for my Little Mermaid narration (which will likely be the third video I do)? 
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nilescclover Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016
wow! that is all I have to say, I thought this one was just a horror view of the mermaid (not a big deal) and I love it. Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Clap CURSE YOU! Hug Love :happybounce: Huggle! 
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SWN3rd99 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016
Anyone else see this and immediately wish to jump into the image and just cradle her?
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Gamerboycube Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016
I found out this is what would really happen to Ariel by reading the book, not the kid friendly happily ever after ending Disney would have us believe.
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JTheGoblinKing Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016
Beautiful artwork but I'm afraid your summary is a bit inaccurate.

It wasn't a novel. It was a short story. Not every "original version" is a novel. And she didn't become foam. That is the entire point. She died but she didn't become sea foam. Mermaids when they die don't ascend to Heaven because they "don't have Souls" (according to the original story). The mermaid would die if he fell in love with another. When the prince fell in love with someone else she was given the option to kill him to save herself she chose to sacrifice herself instead, thus earning her the chance to earn a soul. She became a spirit of air. Hans Christian Anderson was not allowed to publish the version where she's just sea foam at the end. His publisher deemed it too dark. Her tongue was cut out by the sea witch and each step was like walking on broken glass. And yes she died. But she did not become sea foam. Seriously, it's only like ten pages long...
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IslaDelCoco Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for your notes, i've posted this seven years ago, and maybe my english was worse than now.
anyway, italian version of the novel means foam.
I'm very disappointed that my old description causes so much discontent, and it will be soon removed, so the users can view only on the illustration.
thanks again.
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MarcellaD20 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Well the original material did say that Ariel goes through a sharp pain while she has her legs, so I am not so surprised (however, if Disney did this, I would be horrified).
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90skid2386 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So would i.
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AnthonyC12 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
looks good, but poor Ariel, lol
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MangaKoala Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Student Filmographer
Loove itt!!
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bluetigercat Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
I'm from Denmark x3 and I know it well, got it as a bedtime Story as little x3
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ClaimedDawn Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AAAAAAA! DREAMS CAN'T COME TRUE!!! NOOOOOOOOO!
(ahem!) But yes, this is sad.
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WeirdLilArtist Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
She isn't really forced to become foam, she decides to commit suicide instead of kill the prince to become a mermaid again.
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Andersen's original ending (and story) was better. Not really as tragic as it may seem, since she is reincarnated as an air spirit after the flam dissolves her. Just once I wish that Disney would take a risk and keep some of the darkness in the tales--lately all of the princess movies are starting to seem the same. But then again, that's just my opinion.
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SparroeSong Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Like in the Fox and the Hound book, the dog kills the fox and feels guilty, so he turns on his owner only to be shot.
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aashler Featured By Owner May 31, 2013   Traditional Artist
Where do I get this book?
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Cassypie Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Could you link me to it? or is it only in a book?
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VincenttheCrow Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never have I been so hyped to read something.
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UlitmaSephiroth Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Not to mention the fact that she had to endure great pain whenever she walked
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hsgg657jbjb Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
how did you create this???
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:iconisladelcoco:
IslaDelCoco Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i don't know, simply an idea xD
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sampea Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Not only that, everytime she walks, she feels a dreadful pain!
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awesomegirl1988 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
yeah i found out that this year I was like man poor Ariel
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:iconisladelcoco:
IslaDelCoco Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
=(((
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BrunaGaluci Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Poor Ariel. But I really like it, the 'real' history is so better!
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IslaDelCoco Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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LOz-Lola123 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, That's why my Aunt Clarince doesn't like the little mermaid story, she dosn'ty like the disney that much either. But I both of them.
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IslaDelCoco Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
=)
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LOz-Lola123 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What?
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hayleyfairweather Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
I thought this was her coming out of the sea with her new legs that causes her agony with every step, not her turning to sea foam. Still, I love it :)
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TheAfterShock Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah,I like that version. :) Very angsty. great job.
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:iconisladelcoco:
IslaDelCoco Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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ChickTristen94 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is this the part where she turns human or turns to sea foam? :o
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:iconisladelcoco:
IslaDelCoco Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sea foam
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xxemoxxgirlxx Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
but i thought she jumped off the ship when she turned to foam not on a beach
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:iconisladelcoco:
IslaDelCoco Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's my vision =)
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ChickTristen94 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh ok cuz I know both parts where painful. ;__;
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EmeraldKeefe Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Yes, it's a lot more gruesome as well as she's in constant pain with her feet and stuff.
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FrancescaChristianna Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i think the story's batter than the film, but that's cuz it was made for kids. still ADORE the movie though.
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warprincess Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
didnt she turned into sea fome at the end of the book?
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jmk1999 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012   Digital Artist
i played the prince in 6th grade... i felt like such a heartless asshole... yup... it was cool. :)
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:iconisladelcoco:
IslaDelCoco Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes xD thank you!
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lakers14fan Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
You are an amazing artist my friend. You can see the agony on Ariels face as she is turning into sea foam. The blood coming out of her eyes is chillingly effective. You can really see the desperation in her reaching out as well.
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IslaDelCoco Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much!
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breamos Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
I love that you know the real story! Even though it is twisted I love it as well. <3
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:iconisladelcoco:
IslaDelCoco Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!!
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sagalicious Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I'm a bit surprised that so many didn't know the original story...!
I grew up with both of them, but.. It's a bit weird, I seperate the stories...xD
One is Ariel- the little mermaid, and the other one is just the little mermaid for me...
I love both so much!
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