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LADY SYLPHINE

BY SANDARA TANG SIN YUN

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INTRODUCTION

My initial idea for this picture was something along the lines of an underwater being. I wanted her to be graceful, serene and regal, like a lady of the ocean, but didn’t want the standard mermaid look with a fish tail. I tried out some concept sketches of her head, but I ended up not quite liking any of them (Fig.01).

At that time, I kept some hermit crabs as pets and I noticed the elegant way in which they positioned their claws. They are held close together and curve out very nicely from ...

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