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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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:icon2012reaper:
2012ReapeR Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Digital Artist
ebi-maid xD
mhy in flash?
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k9988158 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I am hungry :D
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:icondaiyoukai-sama:
Daiyoukai-sama Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Artist
It's kind'a rude to bath in others food bowl... but I think I would let her^^
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:iconcatgirl31:
catgirl31 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
XD
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HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  New member Hobbyist Artist
who are this fish???????
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:iconobeseotaku:
obeseotaku Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  New member Student Digital Artist
OMG i cud eat this picture....
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:iconfeliciasilvermoon:
FeliciaSilvermoon Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used your art as an example for a contest I am holding feliciasilvermoon.deviantart.c…
Please let me know if this is not ok so I can remove it. 
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gamebalance Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
it's freaky, I don't want eat something like that
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:iconkyubeywatches:
Kyubeywatches Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
On the next episode of shokugeki no soma
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:iconmoney64367347:
money64367347 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
Woah WAITER WTF DID YOU DO I MIGHT BE KAJJIT BUT I ASKED FOR FUCKIN TUNA WHATS WRONG WITH YOU IM CALLING PETA!!!!!!
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TigerEstoque Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Cute but there's a reason they're unheard of.
Lets put it this way - Lobsters are biologically immortal (due to a stable rate of cell reproduction/decay) so why are there no millenia old Lobsters? Because the poor guys taste to good.
So the bad news would be - Ebi Tempura.
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GreyScribe Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
Looks just like my wife when she sees japanese food :D
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XxSmilesmakecaikxX Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
She's so adorable! Like no joke. Wish I had a shrimp mermaid ;-;
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:iconshrekonion761:
shrekonion761 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  New member
Do I eat now?
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:iconcarizia:
carizia Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015   Traditional Artist
This is so cute! I love it! Nice work.
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:iconplaystationkev:
playstationkev Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful and delicious
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:iconjoshsong:
joshsong Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
this is both awesome and a little disturbing..
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:icondtdy1997:
DTDY1997 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  New member
I'm hungry....SERIOUSLY I'M HUNGRY !!! :O
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:iconcarbivore-j:
carbivore-j Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  New member
Such an original idea. :D Don't worry she still looks normal even though the tail is bending the other way and there are no legs.
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:icontayahuxt:
tayahuxt Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
all this reminds me of is sayaka miki
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:iconcomx-1:
ComX-1 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
Great, now I'm hungry. :drool:
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:iconshadowknight45:
Shadowknight45 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Too bad I only have instant ramen, because now I really want the real thing
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:iconjrockman:
JRockMan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The hot shrimp girl included
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:iconcesca-specs:
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.
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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
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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:
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:iconpwney:
Pwney Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's kind of disturbing because of the shrimp meat inside her tail.
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:iconbadee-aboud:
BADEE-ABOUD Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
I can't eat her Q~Q
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:iconrealm-of-the-shadows:
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?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
if the injoke is this, then yes.
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:iconrealm-of-the-shadows:
Realm-Of-The-Shadows Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
you sir, are awesome!

So do I eat her? XD
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No! She's uh...ornamental.
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:iconrealm-of-the-shadows:
Realm-Of-The-Shadows Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
lol
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:icon1-ace:
1-Ace Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
Dem eggs look delicious.
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:iconfelidinda:
Felidinda Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student
That look... disturbingly delicious...
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frank111222 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Naruto Uzumaki (Thumbs Up) 
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:iconzucker-mausi:
Zucker-mausi Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hihihi, great idea :D (Big Grin) 
I like it ^^
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Novacom Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I do love the images of smaller folk spending time in these wonderful little pre-prepared, nice smelling baths! Eh, what's that? It's supposed to be someone's food?

Pffftt whatever. xD Great job on her face and general details of the combination style that is a mer-shrimp.
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LadyIlona1984 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What's that on her head?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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:iconladyilona1984:
LadyIlona1984 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :)

And nicely done. :)
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:iconferonus:
Feronus Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
now i wan't ramen for some reason
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:iconfaithfullyneutral:
FaithfullyNeutral Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I should feel ashamed this made me crave shrimp. 
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IzaakShoelaces Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sycra favorited this XD
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blue-akio Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Nice! It's so cute and relaxing to watch!

Love what you did with the lighting and shine! 

Keep up the good job!!!
:D
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InkBottleInc Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Cute and tasty. This is making me hungry. :iconimhungryplz:
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shadowdollcat Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Luv your work!
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:iconlucid-anomaly:
Lucid-Anomaly Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
"Excuse me miss, I am trying to eat my soup. Could you please move??"
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kuni Featured By Owner May 18, 2014


"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." Oh PLEASE, do you even know what the word weird means?? This looks very delicious, but how can you eat something that has boobs? Only one way to find out..

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InvertedFace Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
I could never eat such a lovely lady
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