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The Song of Lorelei by KristinaGehrmann The Song of Lorelei by KristinaGehrmann
Lorelei/Loreley/Loreli, a figure from German mythology. She's a siren from the Rhine river and her singing causes havoc and shipwrecks.

I've already painted a mermaid with a sinking ship in 2011, but thought that I should be able to do better. And indeed, I like this new version more :)

My gallery will never be kitsch-free...

Face referenced from a 1917 ad from "All American Ads" published by Taschen. Ship referenced from "Old Fashioned Nautical Illustrations" by Dover Publications.
Painted in Photoshop, using a Wacom tablet, as always.

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aisforgrlsnamedamber Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous Work! Heart 
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B4LD3R Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ausgezeichnet! ich habe gerade uber sie abgelesen! (sorry if i may mistake something in german, im still learning :P )
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Not-Think Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a really gorgeous illustration. I love how you've taken the much more traditional sense of beauty- she looks alive instead of an overly photo shoped pop star.
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GUDRUN355 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Very lovely work! :)
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BloodHarvest21 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
My girlfriend's name is Lorelei... i'm afraid D,:
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Ikonion Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Eine tolle Umsetzung des Sagenstoffes! Das Licht und die Farben allgemein sehen toll aus.
So lebendig und natürlich hab ich noch keine Loreley gesehn. Sie strahlt neben ihren sexuellen Reizen richtiggehend Überlegenheit und eien gehörige Portion an Witz aus.
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Gooey-Goobert Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The detail in this is stunning. And I love the addition of the broken down ship.
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Egil21 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
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juliet981 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
beautiful
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SameerPrehistorica Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist
well done... Ive seen mermaid cartoon when i was a small kid.I liked it very much.
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Lhianne Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
this is such a wonderful work :heart:
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Robynnx Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
i'd love to be a mermaid.
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KadytheRedPanda Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Goregous!
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SYoshiko Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
this is very good
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johnpaulthornton Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
My seven year old daughter is named Lorelei. She knows the legend well. I am going to show her this great image.

John Paul, Los Angeles
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ezekrialase Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student General Artist
This reminds me of some mermaid paintings by Anthony Ackrill, great work!
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MzMischief Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
woah:I
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Nataly1st Featured By Owner May 24, 2012   Digital Artist
Hello! :iconsbg-crewstock: Your :iconawesome-plz: work has been feature in my new journal [link] !! :iconiloveit-plz::icondance-4u:
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PutYourBraveFaceOn Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Yay! I’m very glad to announce you that your artwork has been chosen to be amongst the best deviations :iconwinner-plz: submitted to our :iconforeverartgroup: in the month of April 2012. You can check it out here: Featured & here: Hall Of Fame ( 24 - April 2012 ) . :clap: P.S. Please, don’t forget to show us some love :heart: by :+fav:ing the Blog. :thanks: If you had seen this Blog faster than we got to announce it to you, even better! :thumbsup:
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CatherineNodet Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Stunning work! :clap: I love this scene and her expression!
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Vexin417 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student Filmographer
I like that she's got a curvacious figure rather than a skinny model body. She's beautiful, the whole piece is.
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StrawberryL Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Very nice <3 <3
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Luineannon Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Stunning. I love the fact that she's not rail thin and that you have a bit of Waterhouse feel too. She's beautiful!
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Valkyrie-Ghost Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Featured here :boogie:
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Aerodil Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Love it! I added to favorites!
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kitty-eared-girl Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the fact that you made her 'realistically' shaped (that she's not a waif xD ). Her facial expression completely makes the picture.
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful work :)
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you =)
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very welcome!
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tommyb709 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
nice.
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FadwaAngela Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconasmaa-rabiaa: Your beautiful art has been featured here >> [link] :iconasmaa-rabiaa:
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you =)
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FadwaAngela Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconblacksparklesplz: :heart: You're very welcome :heart: :iconblacksparklesplz:
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LyeenAlandis Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe die sieht so gemein aus wie sie ist! Coole Idee! ich finds auch gut, dass sie etwas mehr auf den Rippen hat!
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Delarti Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The sky in the distance & the sun on water reflection, the hair, the boat, the scales, ..everything is magnificently done..love it!
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you =)
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nightfalltwenish Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
eeeee this is amazing! Curvy mermaids/sirens FTW!
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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keight Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Very nicely done. I love the way you handled the scales on her tail.
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, this is gorgeous! :clap: I love the colour scheme... and all the details, wow!
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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becsketch Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love her classical curves and how the fin seems to start lower, very unique detail! Sensational hands and rim lighting - well done!
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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singstargirl13 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ohh, I remember that myth. Nice job. :3
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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singstargirl13 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Welcome. :)
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Merrily we sailed along, though the waves were plenty strong
Down the twisting river Rhine, Following a song

(...) And the winds would cry, and many men would die
And all the waves would bow down to the Loreley..."

("LORELEY", by Blackmore's Night) =D

Amazing art as always! I really like the texture of her scales! Not to mention the background as well. Amazing job!
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YOu are welcome! =D
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