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Farewell by RYE-BREAD Farewell by RYE-BREAD
i always wanted to paint a mer-dude.
check out the high-res here

EDIT: apparently he looks like a guy named sora, which (after googling him) is totally true. also, there seems to be a tv episode of "the little mermaid" with the same plot. le sigh...

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gabivampire Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
he look a little like sora

but i think this drawing is very lovely and sad

i hope he saves her
huynhthinhuy Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
I feel sad
Harrisheart Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
This is so moving.
Ellyse185 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
Once a love so young and sweet now lost beyond the waves, long ago.  My heart doth yearn for us to meet.  I'll walk the waters brave, my soul in tow.  And the waves, they pull me down.  Where the sun shall never shine.  There are men here all around.  And I'll search till I find mine.  I feel like these lyrics fit perfectly!
ilikeeatingbrains Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
Hey, we wrote a bunch of stories with your art as inspiration, Ryan…
Celsy Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What happens to the girl??? does she break out and swim to the surface or die or get saved???
RaccoltoLuna Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
I love this picture a lot, you drew it very well and a lot of emotion is conveyed. It makes me want to know the story behind the 2 characters. 
Sashy-Kacora Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Omg! Did you go to SVA in NYC?
daniellearlotta Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
I Love this!!! Great expressions and tone, you've really got an atmosphere going, and your mer-boy is adorable!
amie21 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Hey have you never played kingdom hearts :) and this is lovely by the way x x x x
Kuroikii Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Simply breathtaking. Amazingly executed and extremely evocative of emotion. Truly a splendid work. ;u; *happytears*
SnapCentino Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional Writer
Goodbye, First Class Trooper Emily Caan. Goodbye, Aquarra.

And goodnight, deviantART.
ForgetMeAgain Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought this was really done interestingly and awesome. About your description, yeah I had some sort of Kingdom Hearts 2 nostalgia, because the merdude kind of does resemble Sora.
. A.
AvalonsWinter Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mintiff Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
My word this is so sad. There is so much tension. The title is the best part, for me.
ACEnBEAKY Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
There you have it folks, what Sora's hair would look like if it were realistic.
MarissaSunshine Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Mermen are rather underrated, though this picture is sad is as it is beautiful.
oozsinfered Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Writer
Congratulations! :party: Your piece has received an LDD! [link] :clap: Thank you so much for making such a beautiful piece!
Katseme Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohhh this is so sad ; ; Is that girl going to drown? There's cracks in the tank she's in. .
MermaidSeeker Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012   General Artist
If i was a mermaid or merman in that situation i would see humans as weird alien that have copied the top of us. That's the kinda of feeling i get from this. i believe it shows the originality of You, the creator. wonderful, good job. :)
Sea-Glass Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love this. You can just see that there's a story behind this. I actually had to stop and scribble something down after seeing this magnificent picture. That's not something that happens to me very often.

I was also listening to some music at the time that happened to fit perfectly with this picture. [link] From 1:50-4:28.
glassbuttonbaby Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
aquafly23 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
i love this picture!!! good job!
Daniel-O-Dreams Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So sad and beautiful, love it. Also don't fret about people comparing it to this or that, truly original ideas are nearly impossible to come by in our pop culture saturated world.
RDauterman Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Professional
This is my new favorite thing.
LadyProphet Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Love the concept!
tech-man Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
good job, nice moment idea.
Jaylayson Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
This is wonderful. Full of emotion. Great job.
MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Beautiful piece! Love the colors and concept. The girl's face is really nice too! Love the hair.
7disney7 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
that's beautiful! and so sad!
Shikuru Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012   Photographer
Fantastic! So true emotional!
moroseconcept Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like your version better than the media stuff people are equating it with.
violetdragon626 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Wow this is awesome. If you didnt know, sora is from the video game Kindom Hearts which is an AMAZING video game. great storyline and everything! great job!
NerfNadia Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Don't tell me you never played or watched the Kingdom Hearts Games D:

But this is amazing :)
There are so many things I love about this image it just conveys the barrier between something you want but can’t have because it was never meant to be
atrinh Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
Just wondering, why did you choose to give her such a blank/attentive facial expression?
twitch-620 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE this

:bulletpurple: -twitch.-._.-Midget- :bulletblue:
twitch-620 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE this
SoulSinger4Him Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaaaaawwwwwww. :heart: he looks so sad that she's gonna die. it's too bad he can't save her. :tears:
its kinda funny though, how she looks completely dazed and clueless as to that fact.
HeureuseIMVU Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
aww wowww...I loved it so much, until I noticed the water was in the glass It made me so sad D:
Prumus Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
the expression of both...really made me cry.
Hobbit-Lassie Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oddly...I think of Peter Pan and Wendy. *sigh* Its gorgeous and I'm jealous!! hahaha
mysteriouslightning Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
ong same! She so looks like Wendy!
theowlstea Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Student General Artist
Absolutely incredible.
MelonCupcake Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
He really DOES look like Sora o.O
but fits perfectly because the girl could be a young Kairi tooxD
Very nice - very sad
The only thing that annoys me a little (and I could only pinpoint it after 5 minutes of concentrated staring:D) is that the girls hair doesn't fall right
She looks up so it should fall down and away from her face; it looks a little stiff like this
but still very awesome
AriannaTheKeybearer Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It reminds me of something like the Apollo 13 disaster, except a person survived, plunged into the ocean and this happened.. It's a sad thing, you think the mermaid would be able to save the girl?
napalmzonde Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
very emotional, great expression and its really touching.
articsocean Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student General Artist
I saw this before I had an account, so I'm glad I found it again so I could fav! I love the emotion.
Kirabook Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to buy it! D8
It would go great in my dorm room!
GloriousPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is SO beautiful ... especially the facial expressions. I fell in love with this painting!
scratchback Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Look at the expression on his face! Amazing.
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