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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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:iconaubschultz:
Aubschultz Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  New Deviant
I love this!
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:iconcabbage3511:
cabbage3511 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
THIS MADE ME FUCKING HUNGRY!!! GREAT ART!!!!
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:iconraive2this:
Raive2this Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Im pretty sure that the reason her bathing in the ramen won't spoil it because u see shrimp in ramen all the time so she's fine, but i wont eat her im allergic to shrimp
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:iconzmephistophelesz:
ZMephistophelesZ Featured By Owner Edited Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
i want to eat her.!!!!!.. no i want to suck on her tiny body!!! i want to keep her in my mouth~~~~!

fk wat am i doing with my life
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trinson Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
I'll tell you what your doing with your life.  Your living it.  You expressing the very thoughts that many, I MEAN MANY of the lucky viewers who stumbled onto this image are thinking.  The thoughts of gently picking her up with your chopsticks at her mid sections.  Then slowly lowering her tail first into your mouth.  The wriggling feeling coupled with the cute giggle sounds of your tiny broth covered shrimp maiden.  Is well worth the price of the meal. 

I could go on, but you really should enjoy your meal in privacy.  ;P  That and in some cultures.  It is rude to let people see you play with your food.  :D
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:iconzmephistophelesz:
ZMephistophelesZ Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
well u just killed my english Rip
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:icontrinson:
trinson Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016
OMG!  I... I was not even aiming it... I.... *Throws gun to the floor*

It just went off.  You have to believe me!  I.... oh god... NOOOOOOOOOOOOooooo.....  *Sobs*





I have no idea.  ;P
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:iconzmephistophelesz:
ZMephistophelesZ Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
.-.
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:icontrinson:
trinson Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016
Sorry, just was not sure what you meant by your last comment so I just thought I would be funny.  From that face you made.  I take it I was not. 
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:iconzmephistophelesz:
ZMephistophelesZ Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Jacksepticeye Triggered 
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:icontrinson:
trinson Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016
Hmmm.... don't get it.  Message is a bit unclear. 
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHOAH WHOAH
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:iconisaacchamplain:
IsaacChamplain Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Delicious concept! I love the way you did the soupMeow :3  Your good
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:iconturtlze:
Turtlze Featured By Owner May 25, 2016
Cuuute! I would just eat the ramen and spare the shrimp mermaid! I do love me some ramen noodles!
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:iconarcaneunit:
ArcaneUnit Featured By Owner May 21, 2016
that is a super cool concept
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:iconpork-chops:
pork-chops Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Professional Artist
She's a shrimp mermaid. She gets to do what she wants.
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:iconcreeperaptor40:
creeperaptor40 Featured By Owner May 1, 2016
Very cool ^^
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:iconcolt731:
COLT731 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd eat her. She looks delicious.
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:iconfelixnfox:
FelixNFox Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016   Digital Artist
Traitor!
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:iconcolt731:
COLT731 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Traitor?
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:iconfelixnfox:
FelixNFox Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016   Digital Artist
She's too cute to be eaten
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:iconcolt731:
COLT731 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What ever.
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:iconyourordinaryartist:
YourOrdinaryArtist Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Cute!
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:iconluciusappaloosius:
LuciusAppaloosius Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016
Posting pr4wn, eh? 7@=Q
(sorry, couldn't help myself).
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:iconsaifa31478:
saifa31478 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016
Suddenly,I want to eat ramen.
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:iconhyb1rd-1982:
Hyb1rd-1982 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll never eat her. She's so nice!
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:iconradicaldanny:
RadicalDanny Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016
She's a cutie ^^

Not sure why she's bathing in Ebi Ramen though... XD
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's like a mineral bath!
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:icongoldenheromc:
GoldenHeroMC Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Hobbyist
Should i eat it, i want to eat it
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:iconlugia20711:
Lugia20711 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Student Writer
Love 
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:iconpytko3:
pytko3 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
She's too cute to eat.:D (Big Grin) 
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:iconsomeguy1997:
Someguy1997 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
I can't eat her! She's ultra gorgeous!
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:icontomboyjessie13:
TomboyJessie13 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Student General Artist
Cute and delicious 
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:icondragonslayer832:
DragonSlayer832 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Dang you made me want to buy Ramen Noodles from the food market. 
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:iconundertalefreak101:
UndertaleFreak101 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016
that is so cute KAWII :3
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:iconpatemvik:
patemvik Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
What the!!?
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:iconrasaxe:
rasaxe Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016
Fuck... She looks delicious...
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:iconexoticshadow:
ExoticShadow Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
She looks beautiful!
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:iconsorrowwolfe:
SorrowWolfe Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016  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 Feb 9, 2016  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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:icontroops21:
Troops21 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So good I don't wanna eat her.
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:iconsolarlune:
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  Hobbyist Writer
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  Hobbyist Writer
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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:iconraive2this:
Raive2this Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
She won't need to worry about me. im allergic to shrimp
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:iconnorris-aznable:
Norris-Aznable Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
And Squid Girl.
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