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Desktop Selkie by StressedJenny Desktop Selkie by StressedJenny
I'd been using this wonderful photo of a seal called "A Peaceful Place" by Ralph Pace as my desktop background for a while and every time I turned my computer on I wanted to add Oula in there. ^__^; So now I have a new desktop, I couldn't resist. I was a really rush job expanding the edges so it'd fit my screen nicely, but it does the job.

You can check out the original photo here. It's so lovely. travel.nationalgeographic.com/…
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SheCriedCrimson Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, stunning!
I doubt anyone would complain if you did more of these (photo + drawing).
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Stargazer69 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Beautiful!:D
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pozolegirl Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool! It does look photo realistic!
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LamLArts Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
truly amazing!  
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NeriSiren Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
I love the eerie stillness, both in the original and in the Oula'd version.  The whole scene is like something out of a fairy tale -- the young woman going into a mysterious forest (kelp forest, in this case), maybe looking for the witch, or a treasure, or escaping something/someone.  The way she's glancing behind adds to the feeling that she's going somewhere mysterious, possibly dangerous.  She could just be entering the forest and checking that no one has seen her go in.  Or maybe she's just heard a strange sound... 
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
awwwh.. that's really lovely! Great to see the combination of photograph and drawing from you, it works really nicely! :) - Lush original photo too of course! :) 
Hope you're well and happy and loving Brighton! :heart: 
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DarkWaterz Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is amazing. I like how you exchanged your art into it so naturally. It looks so realistic but at the same time it has the fantasy effect that makes you want to go look for it in real life.
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SteampunkedKAT Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Great ! she fits in there perfectly :D
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:iconmad-monkey-queen:
Mad-Monkey-Queen Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Cute!
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EpicWTF Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks amazing! I don't know why but it kinda reminds me of the game "Limbo"
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:iconndrn:
NdrN Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Wonderful! ;) (Wink) 
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FatzJinXX Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Great fantasy.
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:iconlookhappy:
lookhappy Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
great job jenny! i love it
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Demosthenes-101 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Haha, that is AWESOME!!!!! :D  Yay Oula and YAY FOR SELKIES!!!!!! :w00t:  Great desktop picture by the way! :)
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cddmanful Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You did it!  A photo of a Selkie!  I love how Oula is looking at us like someone just caught her unawares.....
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EmpatheticFrog Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student General Artist
It blends with the background so perfectly!
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dogsmith897 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretttyyyyyyyyyyyyyy...
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Steve-C2 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Nice work.  I looked at the photo and compared it with this.  I have to say you did an excellent job.  The way the photo was done, it looks like a painting.  It actually fits right into your style.  When you transformed the seal into a mermaid, it's hard to tell the boundaries of the photo and the painting.  You fit everything very well into the background.

Great job.

:clap:

Cheers. :)
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:iconamaris-the-demon:
Amaris-the-Demon Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AWESOME
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toocute177 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
is it okay if i set it as my background too? it's so pretteh
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Xsuprio Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Do Selkies have to deal with sharks? This seems like the p.o.v. of one.
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Severe-Lacerations Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If I remember rightly the only big shark around where selkies would live is the basking shark, and while it is enormous, it's a plankton eater.
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Xsuprio Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I read up on Selkies after I posted the comment. I'd say you're right.
That would be a pretty cool pic. To have a Selkie swim alongside a Basking Shark. 'v'
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EmsanQ Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So pretty :D
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willow-the-wisp123 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Absolutely lovely! 
:heart:
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utriv Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Cool picture of your character! Keep up the great work.
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DisneyFanJulia Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so nice <3
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Zel-Holt Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job, I'm glad someone knows what a Silkie is supposed to be like, I've been reading a manga that says Silkies are like ghosts that haunt rich peoples mansions wearing silk clothes which is ridiculous by half. A silkie is a type of water fairy that resides in the sea that looks like a seal with it's skin on and in the water then they come up on land, take they're seal skins off to reveal a beautiful young maiden, hide their skin, and explore around on the land in the guise of a human. And if you find their seal skin and hide it in your home they come to your home and will work for you, if you give them back their skin they will, if I recall correctly demolish your home, or injure you, then rush back out to sea.
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4hikari Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Two different legends, if I recall right. Selkie with an e is regarding seal maidens, Silkie with an i is regarding fey folk who wear silk. Reading 
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Zel-Holt Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I've only ever heard of the Ocean Faes whom have the Seal Skins.
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TheMusicJunkie Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
<3 it
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Al3xDk Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Damn dude, it's so awesome! o:
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saber360 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Whoa.
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:iconaytrus:
Aytrus Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Wow!
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:iconchibidrow:
Chibidrow Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Oh that is beautiful, wonderful job!
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JezzieAvenger27 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow xxx
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Haseo-Ani-Waya Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like the whole. 'dawn-of-photography'-esque feel it has too it, with Oula looking like she may or may not have been doctured for the photo.
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TheArmyArtist Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely! She looks fantastic!
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StellaStarfish Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh i love this so much!!
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AndrewMcWherter Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
This is beautiful!
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Fluffypuppy77 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow.
thats....
wow
lovely job!
rough edges my butt, you cant see anything wrong with this!
:heart::heart::heart::heart::heart::heart::heart::heart::heart:
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Wanderer619 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Looks Great!! :D
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