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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.

Made in Flash

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Shadowknight45 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  New member
Too bad I only have instant ramen, because now I really want the real thing
cesca-specs Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glorious! Love how shiny that food is and, as always, I love the concept and background info.
Chieko-san Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is a little more disturbing for someone who has gone prawn fishing. Uncooked prawns are green or a slight blue but pink prawns are cooked so just thinking that she is okay with being half cooked alive is quite unsettling. Oh well, the picture looks amazing none-the-less
zJoriz Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Love the story you conjured up for this one. And great work, especially since you use Flash :worship:
Pwney Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's kind of disturbing because of the shrimp meat inside her tail.
BADEE-ABOUD Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
I can't eat her Q~Q
Realm-Of-The-Shadows Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
did you draw the injoke for this that I am seeing making the rounds on Facebook?
JohnSu Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
if the injoke is this, then yes.
Realm-Of-The-Shadows Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
you sir, are awesome!

So do I eat her? XD
JohnSu Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No! She's uh...ornamental.
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