"Those of Noble blood don't drown," he said. "I'll have to put this through you to finish you off." [...] Staring at the gorgeous countenance that seemed to sparkle in the black water, he said, "How beautiful you are--and now, as a woman, I only feel it all the more. But if I were to do nothing, you'd destroy us all. So here you must die." --Vampire Hunter D: Mysterious Journey to the North Sea, Part 2, page 169
Yes! that is an actual bona fide male mermaid! Only from the mind of Kikuchi! It's a little like the Ranma 1/2 effect, except not, if that helps you understand it better. Furthermore, mermaids with tails that bend in the middle like legs with knees annoy me. They also remind me of mermaid Barbies. Fish tails simply do not bend that way...unless there is something terribly wrong with them...like a broken spine, for instance. Thus, this mermaid's tail is less conducive to sitting, kneeling, or otherwise resting like a regular person.
But enough about the mermaid. Now for D-sama. I have no idea how he kept his hat on underwater, but Amano-san drew an illustration for a moment just after this one and he has his hat on then, so...*shrugs* Heaven forbid! I shall not argue with Amano.
This one was fun. Tinted pallets always propose a challenge. It's been so long since I read this book, I barely remember what it was about or if the colours of the mermaid were defined. So, instead of unearthing the book and trying to find out what the colours should be, I just gave it whatever ones I wanted. =D Consequently, there is quite a rainbow of colours in the hair. The highlights everywhere were usually tinted green and the shadows were often purple. Everything else in between was subject to random bits of blue and red. Why is there a light over to the left? For the sole purpose of keeping everything from being lost in shadow. No other reason. Ha!
Vampire Hunter D and mermaid, owned by Hideyuki Kikuchi.
Medium: Pencil, Photoshop CS
Completed: Nov. 13, 2010