Monday, June 9, 2008

Little Mermaid: Rescuing the Prince


Amy Sullivan said...

Anthony, just beautiful! So much detail & depth. Who do you work for now? And this piece, is for your portfolio? It is like a little still shot from a movie. Wonderful!

Thanks for dropping by & leaving a comment. Amy

Phyllis Harris said...

This turned out beautiful! I also love seeing it in progress and I am curious what is the brand of pan watercolors that you use? I've always been a fan of those over tubes myself.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Hey Amy! Thanks you so much... I was planning on updating my profile today... it doesn't tell anything about me. :)

I'm working now in my family's silk screen business. And yes this piece is for portfolio. It's a bit different than the rest... still trying to find my style. This is watercolor and acrylic over the original pencil drawing using cold press board.

And thank you very much Phyllis! I can't recall the brand of watercolors but I'll check it out when I get home... I'm glad you like pan watercolors over tubes. From talking to other artists I was beginning to think I might be the only one...ha, ha!

Kelly Light said...

I'd hire ya!-if I had something to hire you for! ;) It's gor-g-eous!

Anonymous said...

This mermaid on the rescue is so incredible!

Ambera said...

This is fantastic! The perspective, the swirling ocean, expression.. you're really a master at weaving so many elements with great ease. It's beautiful!
Thanks for the nice comment on my blog!

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Phyllis: the paints are Loew Cornell... I've been hooked on watercolor cakes since I was six :)

Hey Kelly! Thanks!

Thank you very much Manuela! and thanks for the comment at the critique group! I love "Bill the Bat" :)

And thank you Ambera! This was one of the reasons I took special note of the beautiful paintings you did recently... I was struggling with these clouds over the weekend :)

Tanja said...

The Little Mermaid is one of my favorite stories, too. I especially like the illustration that you did for the previous scene where she is holding the potion. The mermaid herself is more finished and the background is well done. I'm guessing that you're still working on the rescue scene or is that finished?

The "Pride and Playground" is really, cute! :)

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Hi Tanja... thanks for the feedback! I have a few color adjustments and some tweaking to do on some of the line work, but other than that the rescue scene is pretty much finished. I know it is a little different than the first mermaid illustration. I wanted to experiment with this one a bit (especially since it wasn't for a client) and try a slightly different style... more opaque colors

The first does have a nice glow so I'm still a bit undecided... I think I'll keep experimenting :)

By the way, you have some lovely work on your blog! Your avatar is Great!!!

Manelle said...

Your stuff is amazing. It reminds me a little of P.j. Lynch's stuff. Thanks for your comment on my blog.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Hello Manelle... Wow!!! Thank you very much!

The Pied Piper illustration you did was gorgeous!

rbaird said...

It's gorgeous Anthony. I like the glimpse of the before shot as well.
Finding your style?.. you're pretty amazing!

Oh...and I use watercolor in pans too!

Eric Orchard said...

This one's stunning! Amy's right, this does look wonderfully cinematic, exploding with movement. You can feel the rise and fall of the waves. I love her expression, it's so nuanced.
And I'm really blown away by the boat, I've had nightmares about painting those old boats, incredible.

Anonymous said...

Hi Anthony, I love your artwork! I've just drawn a mermaid and find it so difficult to do water, this is incredible!

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Hi Roberta! Thank you! I was a bit nervous to take the before shot... I always feel like I might jinx myself when I do that :) I remember using the watercolor cakes with my dad when I was little... I guess some things never change

Thanks Eric! I watched a scene from the movie "Master and Commander" the part were the HMS Surprise is rounding Cape Horn (very stormy) Fortunately for me I had an unfinished model to use as a reference for the ship... and most of the rigging is in the water so I didn't worry about where I put it :)

Thank you so much Jess! I just got a chance to go to your blog, and your work is lovely (Especially the mermaids) Beautiful style and use of color!

Amy Sullivan said...

Anthony, I just had to pop in here And say, WOW, I just saw the sculpture that you did for Eric. JUST Beautiful! Really, I know Eric is "oVer the MoOn " what an amazing gift!....that you have And ,that You gave! amy
and thank you for leaving a such a nice comment for me. It means alot to me. :D amy

Alina Chau said...


Anthony VanArsdale said...

Hello Amy! Thanks... but I really can't take credit for the statue... Eric is a Great Guy! he deserves the best... and you're very welcome for the comment on your blog... I enjoy visiting your site and seeing your work often :)

Hey Alina! Thanks! I love "Minty's Revenge" ha! ha!

-J.Meyer said...


I love the expression of the mermaid and her face is painted beautifully! very nice.
The rest of the piece doesnt feel as finished as her face.
I LOVE all her hair. =)

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Hey Jennifer! Great to hear from you!

I'm not exactly happy with this one myself... I'm going to make some color adjustments to it - maybe an overlay across the bottom image, making it a little more silhouette like with some blue... and put a little more contrast in the line work

This was pretty much an experiment trying to paint over the original sketch... I wanted to leave some of the lines to give it sort of a swirling storm feel, but looking at it a week later, I'm not too happy with it... I really appreciate the feedback! :)

gail said...

I'm so glad I found your blog. Your work is delightful!

Your new fan,

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thank you so much Gail! Your work is absolutely stunning... I could learn a lot from you!

I'm very glad you stopped by :)

Abigail said...

Wonderful piece - the drama and the lighting are really excellent.

-J.Meyer said...

Thats interesting.

If you were going to experiment with washes I might suggest it in the computer, that way you could be happy with it before affecting the original (or just stick with the computer version at that point ;)

But blue-washing the underwater section sounds interesting. Also possibly adding some wash to the background items (the ship area) might push that back some. It could give more focus to the above water section. Its an interesting idea.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Hi Abigail! Thanks!

Thanks Jennifer!