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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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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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