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Garibaldi Mermaid by JessicaDru Garibaldi Mermaid by JessicaDru
Photographer: Brenda Stumpf [link]
Model: me

prints available by the photographer here: [link]

Brenda and the crew gathered off the coast of Catalina to get some ocean mermaid shots. The water was cloudy as the surf stirred up sand, so we only got a few usable images. But this is one of them. I am soooo glad we went though, because the giribaldi fish local to catalina just so happen to match my mermaid tail ^_^!!

Costume: I can post the designs etc... for the mermaid tail if anyone's interested. It took a lot of work to make these tails come into existence. But the basic form is neoprene with flowy fabric, covered with silicon scales.
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Given 2013-02-27
The suggester said: "Amazing functioning mermaid costume made and swam in by the model." Garibaldi Mermaid by *JessicaDru ( Suggested by raine-angel and Featured by Talty )
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Crystalas Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I love these sort of pics cos in mind you guys would be having a coffee break or something and a kid will walk by and see you in costume and freak out...
"OMG mermaids are real!!!! and they they drink smoothies!!! [other drinks are available]" 
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sistersinnister Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Whimsical :X:X few days ago i came up with a concept involving a mermaid tail but since i dont have proper under water egar,must do it at the surface...i dont know where to buy such a tail though...found a site but was more like a halloween kids costume ..not realistic
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MinxFox Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Try searching Merbellas, Flip Tails, Finfolk Productions, etc. All of them sell realistic looking silicone mermaid tails and some places you can rent tails from if you just need to rent one for a photoshoot.
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

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Gladddragon Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
please post tails designs! that would be awsome..theres another guy that also does mermaid tails I like yours little bit better cause they flow..please post I wanna seeee
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JessicaDru Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey there, this was the rough design sketch before i started sewing:
jessicadru.deviantart.com/art/…

And then a look at the fabric fluke and neoprene inner sleeve of the tail:
www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi…

i'd post more on deviant art, but i dont have very many in progress pictures
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AntonioGouveia Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Good job!
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JessicaDru Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!! ^_^
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AntonioGouveia Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure!
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Torgron Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
Beautiful Great Job 

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JessicaDru Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much :)!
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thefool2 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Beautiful!
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JessicaDru Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yay, this is one of my favorite mermaid shots
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thefool2 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Keep it up! :)
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ExclusiveArts-Studio Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing photography!
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JessicaDru Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much, Brenda (the photographer) is awesome. i just swam ... a lot that day ^_~
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ExclusiveArts-Studio Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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Evangelina17 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
o, it is so fascinating! can you give a link for making a marmaid tail please?)
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JessicaDru Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
So i did a lot of research and planning before i made these tails . . . and i designed them specifically to be photographed (they are quite difficult to swim in).  i still love them, but i am still learning how to make better and better tails.

however there are a lot of websites out there made and run by other mermaid girls with material recommendations and pattern ideas etc etc. ^_^ happy tail making
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alienimplant Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
This is the best photorealistic mermaid shot ever taken! I am not exaggerating. Take me into to the depths with you.
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JessicaDru Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hehe, thank you very much. i am so proud of this picture!! ^_^
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alienimplant Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
You should be. It is mesmerizing!
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katahati Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Excellent!
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JessicaDru Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much :)!
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ViolinGoddess Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Amazing. The way the water flows through your hair ..that matches the color of the tail, that continues to flow along the side until the end. And the kelp forest in the back ground ads the final touch. It's perfectly realistic! Not "costume-y" or fantastical. Very realistic! Amazing!
Violin Goddess
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JessicaDru Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much, this was such a lucky shot. the whole day the water quality was cloudy and difficult. i am just relieved we got something.
and i am just so damned happy that i look legit. and convincing as a mermaid
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JyotiMishra Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Speechless!
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JessicaDru Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hehe, excellent ^_~
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JyotiMishra Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
You are so utterly beautiful, it's unreal. I do hope you've scanned and digitised yourself for future generations of gynophiles?
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Beringary Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really nice shot here again. There is a sort of charming and playful invitation exuding from your eyes, just how I would picture a mermaid trying to lose pour sailors into the silent abyss. The match of colours is very harmonious, your hair and skin making an echo to your tail which fit completely the brownish aquatic plants in the background.
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JessicaDru Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
you leave the best comments <3! thank you so much
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Beringary Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you and your welcome! Commenting pictures of you is truly a pleasure as it provides me so much inspiration and different impressions. It would truly be a shame if I would not take the time to write down my deep thoughts on a piece of art, I signed up for Deviantart because I wanted to share artistic experiences and conceptions. That's why I take the time to comment on the works that inspire me the most :)
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Beringary Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I meant *you're welcome*, sorry for the mistake and the others I may not have been able to correct!
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kamau123 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Simply beautiful. And I can see the hard work you put into it but I'm sure the end result is very gratifying to see.
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JessicaDru Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
We worked sooo hard to make this photoshoot come together. making this stuff, travelling to another country with everything, and then shooting. it was a huge adventure and absolutely worth it :)
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dead82 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
this is dolphinitely amazing!
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JessicaDru Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ha, very punny :)!
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JazzLizard Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love the look on your face! Somewhere between smug and mischievous. Awesome work as always!
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JessicaDru Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
<3 thank youuuu
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Eyth Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Outstanding. Actually kind of eerie, how believable this is as a mermaid. :deviation:
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JessicaDru Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much, and this picture definitely supports the illusion
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Elydor Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are so fucking beautiful! I love mermaids and you're the perfect one!
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JessicaDru Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
*blush* thank you so much :) <3
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Najeebah-K Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
This is so beautiful!

Btw... I have to know what makeup is used here!!!! O_o It's underwater and it's still perfect! XD
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JessicaDru Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
All the normal makeup was waterproof (so, mascara, eyeshadow stick (actually waterproof), black eyeliner and lipstick)
and then i used spirit gum with gold leaf to do a sort of scales effect that reflected light. i put it around my eyes and on my arms

I've used Ben Nye cake makeup for other underwater sets, but i didn't need any fancy colors. so i did a sort of minimalist natural look for these
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Najeebah-K Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
That's incredible! Thank you so much for sharing! :)
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IggyFiveSpice Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
This is just amazing - I though it was a painting at first but it's even better no I've discovered that it's a photograph!
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JessicaDru Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hehe, Brenda is amazing like that! everything she photographs looks like a painting. you can see some of the other pictures from the shoot on her website:
[link]

she's just bad ass!!
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skyfireJax Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
please post the details...it's unbelievably beautiful. Do you sell your costumes?
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JessicaDru Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i don't make enough costumes each year to sell them, but my closet is getting super full... so i honestly should consider selling some of the stuff i don't use anymore.

the amount of work that went into making the mermaid tail, would price is over a thousand dollars. and i bet it could be streamlined to make it cheaper. but since i work fulltime, i am happy to keep the costume making a hobby. :)
I'm making a new tail this month, so i will probably take pictures of my progress. maybe inspire a few other mermaids to make a tail :)
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