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Ebi Ramen by JohnSu Ebi Ramen by JohnSu

Where do shrimp mermaids come from?

The story goes that one night, a Chinese cargo ship threw their fermented drink overboard during a storm. Poseidon happened to be passing by (he was lost) and got totally wasted on the discarded rice wine. In his drunken vigor, he proceeded to fertilize all the sea eggs he could find. And that is how the shrimp-form maidens came to be. They are mostly unheard of, though, because many of them were eaten by a tuna before they could be sighted by man. A single tuna.

Ebby Lamian is the shrimp-maid before you today! She is relaxing in a hot bowl of ramen after a long day of playwriting and picking at a dead crab. She enjoys the temperature and the fragrance, as well as the soft bedding of noodles. Her actions don’t ruin the soup because she practices the etiquette of washing oneself outside of the tub before entering it for soaking. It’s an inconvenience for others, though (but she loves the attention).


Originally this was going to be a picture of a normal mermaid in a bowl of ramen, but I thought that might be kind of weird. Is a big piece of fish a normal thing to find in ramen? Maybe. But I decided to go with shrimp since the idea of a small shrimp-type mermaid seemed interesting. Two things I wasn’t entirely happy with:

1) her tail bends the wrong way
But I liked this pose and felt it looked more natural for her as a whole, even if not as a shrimp.

2) she has no swimmerets
The main problem here was how they’d look protruding from her abdomen. I’d draw these little legs, and it’d either look nasty and bug-like, or it’d be strangely suggestive coming out from the space that would have been between her lady legs. After the third attempt I decided not to push for it. I’ll just say she swims with her arms.

My favorite thing to draw here was probably the ramen. Drawing food is fun! In particular, making things shiny is my favorite part, right alongside imagining eating the food.

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:iconsorrowwolfe:
SorrowWolfe Featured By Owner 20 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Jlist is also using your image for their site.
jlist.com/category/snacks-food
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:iconnorris-aznable:
Norris-Aznable Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Considering how her tail is red...I think she have been in the hot water for a tad bit too long... Also, what if Squid Girl comes by???
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Troops21 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  New Deviant Student General Artist
So good I don't wanna eat her.
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SolarLune Featured By Owner Edited Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yo, I just wanted to let you know; they're using this pic on JBox.com for the snacks and food section.
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:iconjimmyooo:
jimmyoOO Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016
it's a really good idea!!! great work!!!
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:iconnekroz-of-mokey:
Nekroz-of-Mokey Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  New Deviant
Seriously, you doomed her existence by putting her in ramen, you dirty bastard. >:(
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:iconmunchingpotatoes:
MunchingPotatoes Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016
Mm hmm I'm gonna enjoy this meal......of smex ^///^
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:iconnekroz-of-mokey:
Nekroz-of-Mokey Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  New Deviant
She's dead :I
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:iconrosenvonkinde:
RosenVonKinde Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry to break it to you lady but you're going to get eaten... by me
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:icondraceer:
Draceer Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Student General Artist
She'd better watch out for Naruto. XD
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:iconnorris-aznable:
Norris-Aznable Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
And Squid Girl.
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:iconmikeysgurl:
MikeysGurl Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Student Photographer
Ikr 😂
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:iconannabeth5110:
Annabeth5110 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Professional Writer
How original!
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:iconssjuzumakicole:
SSJUzumakiCole Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  New Deviant
Is it strange that I suddenly have a craving for shrimp and Ramen.
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:iconyuichikaneko:
YuichiKaneko Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  New Deviant
nice. not a fan of shrimp though.
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:iconrooldeewurldman:
rooldeewurldman Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015
This is beautiful!  Very imaginative and well done!  :happybounce: 
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:iconjessthekiller45:
jessthekiller45 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015
kawii :happybounce: :happybounce: Heart Heart 
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AbuelnagaDesign Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  New Deviant
nice work ^^
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:iconsoleil500:
Soleil500 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is so cute & original, l Love it! 
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:iconblackmaurader62:
Blackmaurader62 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015
great... now im hungry
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:iconmoonbeamdragon1:
MoonbeamDragon1 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Creative and funny concept. That food looks realistic too.
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:iconwizardman001:
wizardman001 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015
Should i feel guilty about wanting to eat her?
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:iconciruela-san:
ciruela-san Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015
oh, I love it <3 
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:iconburtonaris2:
burtonaris2 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015
SOMEBODY GET ME A BOWL
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:icondanielluster81:
danielluster81 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
She's cute!:iconhrtplz:
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:iconminorfiction:
MinorFiction Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Ebby was an anomaly. An aberration. The last of her kind.

Silently she pressed the soft pink palms of her hands against the glass. It was dark. No light cast its glow beyond that transparent barrier. The market had closed. Consumer and merchant alike had all gone home.

Home. Home, to the safety and security of their own beds. To the love and the still lasting warmth of hearth and family. To a place of refuge. To a place of comfort. There, surrounded by friends and kin. Lords of their own domain. Masters of their own fate.

The same could not be said of Ebby.  

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MinorFiction Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feel so sad for her somehow. Fearful for her safety. 
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:iconminorfiction:
MinorFiction Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beauty and sorrow. a POWERFULLY EMOTIVE IMAGE.
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PuppyDogArtist Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015
Could I make one of these? I can save up points and give them to you, or give you credit idk
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What do you mean by "make"? Like, as a craft?
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:iconpuppydogartist:
PuppyDogArtist Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016
No, make my own xD. This comment was awhile ago though O_O. I don't need to though.
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:iconpuppydogartist:
PuppyDogArtist Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015
Omg we need a comics series of this.  want to make my own so bad ; - ;
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:iconfatesfollower:
fatesfollower Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015
Interesting concept.
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:iconkatty555:
katty555 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
can i pet her?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if she gives you the okay, sure.
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:iconkatty555:
katty555 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015
[attemts to pet her]
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:iconfishofglass:
fishofglass Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
good work!
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:iconbrownierulz:
brownierulz Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fried Shrimp +Free Avatar+ shrimp :D
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:iconmatsumayu:
matsumayu Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
so sweet! love it :) 
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:iconjessica14oo:
Jessica14oo Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG, NEW MONSTER MUSUME CHARACTER
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:icongurinchis:
Gurinchis Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Nice!!! omg she is so cute and the dish looks super good! amazing job!
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:iconthemasterpunisher:
TheMasterPunisher Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
Looks delicious
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:icont3uz:
T3UZ Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
too funny and great job
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:iconcybercorpsesnake:
cybercorpsesnake Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015
kawaii
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:iconninjakrista:
ninjakrista Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Student General Artist
XDD
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:icongeclosa:
geclosa Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice it like from the anime Shokugeki no Souma :)
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ggghkk Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Student General Artist
OMG I LOVE RAMEN  once a week i make my mom buy me ramen cups that come with shrimp, and seasoning!    and she's kinda cuteEyes Pikachu want it 
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HussarDragoon Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015
Too hot eat if you what I mean.
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L-MASTER Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Sweet *¬*
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naruko6783 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Professional Artist
omg that's good
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