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Haifisch by AerynKelly13 Haifisch by AerynKelly13
I present to you: "Haifisch". I got the idea, and the words, from the Rammstein song of the same name. I decided to keep it in the original German for the piece because it just "felt" better. I tried to keep the feel of separateness, between the shark and the little girl (see, there she is again!) by keeping their colours similar, but different. I also tried to capture the feel of movement of the water around the shark. 

The background was a bit of a failed experiment. I was hoping for a different effect, but it didn't work for what I was looking for. I ended up propping it up and just spraying the crap out of it with water. Out of necessity springs invention. I grasped around for ideas and then just went with it. I wiped off the top portion of the canvas, painted it with acrylic, drew the shark, and then just started gluing down the embellishments. Anyway, enough babble, it's not that complicated! I hope you like it and it works for you!

"Literal" translation:
In the deep it is lonely
And so many a tear is shed
And it so happens that the water
In the oceans is salty
And the shark, that has tears
And they run from the face
But the shark lives in water
So no one can see the tears

Poetical translation:
It’s lonely in deep water
So many tears are running free
That explains, then, why the water
Is salty in the sea.
And the shark, well, he is crying
Down his face the tears now fall
Yet the shark is living in water
So we don’t see tears at all.
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Rammygrrl Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This turned out great! I also love the font you chose for the lettering. It totally fits. And the pink is so appropriate, considering Till's infamous pink fur jacket.
AerynKelly13 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like like it! I was looking through my fonts in Word and it was like "this looks interesting". I was worried with the font and the crackle accent that you wouldn't be able to read the words, but it worked out. You can kinda guess at what they say. I didn't know about the jacket, but I thought the shark's colour matching the colour of the sunrise/set behind the girl would tie them together a little bit. ;)
Rammygrrl Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very much! Really, the lettering style is perfect. The colors do tie in :D

Here, I GIS'd the jacket for you (no, I have no idea what he was thinking):…
AerynKelly13 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am now extremely disturbed by your fandom/obsession....
Rammygrrl Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
LOL, come on! Till's pink fur jacket disturbs you, after the religious idiots at the concert, after the *fight* at the concert? Of course, none of it bothers me ;)
AerynKelly13 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, that stuff was unpleasant as well...
Axlslittlesister Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
I´ve done a translation of the German lyrics a while ago, too; mine went like that:

And the shark, he knows what tears are
´cause they´re running down his face
But the water´s gonna hide them
And they will not leave a trace
It´s so lonely in the deep sea
And he´s gotta pay the price
And the water is that salty
´cause of all the tears he cries...

(I had to tweak it a bit, I wanted them singable...)

That´s the first shark I´ve ever seen that pulls such a sad face. And I never associated colors that bright with Rammstein at all, that´s a really interesting approach...
Love it!
AerynKelly13 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, there were SO many English translations out there I just picked a few that I liked from a website. I think the basic idea of the lyrics comes across. I wasn't really trying to stick to Rammstein some much as just the idea of what they were saying looked like in my head. Heck, the song is technically just about the band and not a literal shark anyway, lol! I'm glad you like it. I couldn't have done it in dark colours or anything, I always have to go bright and sparkly. It's just more fun for me to work with. It's kinda funny though, I've drawn several sharks like that all happy and fat, but I think I like the sad one the best. He's so expressive!
Axlslittlesister Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Yeah, especially the drooping fins...makes me wanna get into the bite-proof diving suit I don´t even have and cuddle him...
A fat, sad, pink Haifisch.  Geez, I´ll never get that out of my head again!
AerynKelly13 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha, I'm glad to have infected your brain permanently, lol!
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Submitted on
July 3, 2014
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