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The Naiads by ClintCearley The Naiads by ClintCearley
The characters are naiads, the fresh water sisters to nymphs. I wanted them young and beautiful but also give a subtle dark undertone. Unlike nymphs who were by and large altruistic creatures, naiads were just as likely to drown you as help you.

Created with Adobe Photoshop CS4

UPDATE:
The piece was included in Spectrum 17: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art.
WordsofWinter wrote a wonderful poem inspired by the piece which can be read here.
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Yes it's already a popular submission, but there's no way I can pass up featuring this awe-inspiring painting. The Naiads by *Damascus5 ( Suggested by Hellobaby and Featured by Narfmaster )
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Blossom-Disneyaholic Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very intriguing... :+fav:
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Pitsh Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015   Digital Artist
this is really beautiful :)
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Liv-Anna Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  New member
I love the mood and colors... and the overall painting... very awesome :)
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shirousagi14 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
//LICKS SCREEN AGGRESSIVELY

those hair are magicalllllllllllll
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marcosbakugan Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
 man! beautiful ,its crazy man ,very very good!
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
Neat
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1chick1 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful artwork Heart 
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lilis-gallery Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this is amazing ! Looks like a Pre-Raphaelite painting. When I saw the thumbnail I thought it was the work of John William Waterhouse... The colours, composition and the eerie black eyes of the blond naiad are just perfect. :+fav:
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ClintCearley Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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yuuva Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've always loved naiads, nereids, and dryads. You very much did them justice here, everything is so deviously delicious >,,<
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Fernezco Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
amazing..great work! Clap 
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tsuyameki Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Woah dude, put that tablet down before you make the universe explode with your awesomness!
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SiegeOfTheSiren Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
I love all the textures you used in this beauty! Very realistic! :)
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Helcarver Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Utterly seductive.
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LuchoBorello Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Second this sentence.
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Amazing art!

Actually, other way around. Nymphs were freshwater, naiads were the daughters of Amphithrite and Poseidon.
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ClintCearley Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
You must have read different material on Naiads and Nymphs than I did, they do differ when it comes to mythology.
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Dornith Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Hello.  If you don't mind, I would like to use this some day in a D&D campaign.  Would that be okay with you?
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ClintCearley Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
If it is a non-commercial/casual game then sure.
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AliceRose Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
irresistible!
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mimikascraftroom Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013   Digital Artist
Wonderful work, congrats for your well deserved DD!!
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ladrine Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
first thought it's like a "no-no-no, girls, i'll never come closer to you"
but then you starting watch closer, longer and longer and you already cannot go away
and then "hmm, i know that it looks dangerous but i feel need to join you there in water .. and that snake, i want to feel it.. oh, yes and other girls, you look so nice and water looks so warm, i'm pretty sure that if i will dive there there will nothing happen...." 
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ClintCearley Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
The water feels great, come on in...
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CrazyBaldGuy Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
This is amazing! So many little details... I notice something new every time I look at it.
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evilswrath Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Beautiful. Absolutely stunning.
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BooKoFBoBB Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Lovely delicate subdued tones
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Magic-Shamsiel Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, beautiful... :heart:
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Iron-Hearted Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Reminds me of that one Waterhouse painting~ And I have Spectrum 17! That's why this looked familiar~
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Peter-The-Knotter Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
definitely... and the waterhouse owes some inspiration to renoirs the bathers....
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TheBurningTree Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student Writer
Awesome stuff!
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emilyonthehunt Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Really cool :)
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Lovely-Sassou Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Magnifique. Digne des plus grands peintres.
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Vaibhavandkratos Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
This One is my Most Favorite!!!!!!!!!
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ksyeoni Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this
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Zirkon777 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
great work!
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Sinnomangirl Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very alluring.
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MarioTeodosio Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love this
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TribalStrength Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Really beautiful !!
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illusioncirque Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student
Ohhhh I saw this from the "EXPOSE 10" artbook~ I have a copy of the book! your drawing is amazing!!!
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ObscureSanctuary Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
i love this
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lucas42 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful work!
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Koursaros81 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
One of my favorite pics!
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wuboan2013 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
love it
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DanahFahad Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
AWESOME !!!
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JenBonnie Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
If i look at this long enough, I think I can hear the water flow - light splashes caused by movements in the water. That, and the lighting in this piece sort of enhances the creepy/spooky feel :)
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jedion357 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice mix of beauty and sinister. I'm certain I dont want to enter the water here. Great use of light and dark and the composition is awesome.
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Shirtupboy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
nice water effect
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Kisonii Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Sexy AND creepy.
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Beholdentolove Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured your beautiful deviation here: [link]
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ClintCearley Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the feature!
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