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Exploring the seas by say0ran Exploring the seas by say0ran
Yay for scuba diving!

I haven't seen a lot of Hetalia fanart involving scuba diving so I thought to myself, "why not, I'll give it a shot." I really love the look of coral reefs so I wanted to incorporate that in too! It took a lot of refs though @__@ And it was a pretty big learning experience trying to draw this, because I haven't really been doing a lot of detailed backgrounds, and I'm not used to this method of coloring at all jaslkf

The scuba diving gear is probably inaccurate, oh well. I tried to comprehend all of the gear you need for scuba diving but all of the various equipment just confused me ;w; Although I think drawing the fishes was the hardest part OTL I need to practice drawing more animals...

Programs: Paint Tool SAI, and Photoshop CS5 for color fixes

edited 10/27/2013
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LightElf2001 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great art! He's so adorable!
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HetaFruitsOuranHp321 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student General Artist

I bet the first thing America thought when he saw a clownfish at some point was "OMG HI NEMO~~!!!!"

 

This looks really awesome btw.

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mizu07 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice drawing! I haven't seen too much Hetalia fanart like this either! Very beautiful!
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emo-emma Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
very nice :)
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say0ran Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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emo-emma Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
yoi're welcome
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Maru-sha Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
First off, I love you. This is an amazing piece of art~! The ocean is what I study in my free time, so this just makes me all fuzzy inside :heart:
Second! The colors are just so brilliant and America's large eyes full of wonder behind his mask are so cute~!

Love it! I hope you make more art like this!
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say0ran Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ahhhhh thank you for such a lovely comment! ;u;
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flamegrell Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
cute
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say0ran Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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kwajchick Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is some lovely art, I have to say! Now, you are correct about the inaccuracies of the SCUBA gear, and since I'm a diver myself, I think I shall give you a few tips on what you're missing here.

As for the regulator, America would not just have the single regulator. He would have a backup, known as an "octopus", in case his normal one breaks or his buddy runs out of air. He also needs a dive computer. Without that, you're as good as dead. You need to know what kind of air concentration you're using, the depth you are at, how much air you have left, and the amount of time you have left underwater, so you don't end up getting "The Bends" from getting too much nitrogen in your bloodstream. I have a friend who got it, and it isn't a fun experience.

Also, where are America's dive weights? You can't stay underwater for very long without them. Either they have to be on a belt, or integrated into your Buoyancy Control Device (BCD).

And lastly, he needs an air hose on the BCD, so he can control whether he floats or sinks, or stays neutral, which is ideal.

Ah, sorry if that's too long! I just felt as if you needed to know that. XD
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say0ran Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow, thank you so much for the feedback! :D I'm glad to have an expert comment on this, aha. /knows almost nothing about how diving works/ ^^; I'll definitely get around to correcting those mistakes when I have the time!
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kwajchick Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! And yeah... I've been diving for almost five years, and I go at least once or twice a week. I live in a place where training and diving itself is cheap to the point of where it's completely ridiculous, and the water is clearer and filled with more life than anywhere else I've dove. Just about. :3

And yes! Correct those mistakes! :33333
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madster123 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
THIS IS SO COOL :la:
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say0ran Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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MMDbuddy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   General Artist
I love the ocean <3 instant fave, You do the colors so well!!
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say0ran Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ah, thank you so much! ^o^
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Wargames50 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Very pretty colors ^^ This is beautiful. Awesome job ^^
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say0ran Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you~!
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smilyimp Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Wow, this is so cute! His eyes are cute :giggle: And the coloring here are awesome~ :la:
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say0ran Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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acrazyperson3698 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so awesome! I really love the colors and everything! It's lovely~~
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say0ran Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ah, thank you so much!
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acrazyperson3698 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
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SpiritoftheMapleLeaf Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous.
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say0ran Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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KawaiiNekito Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
:iconasdfghplz: Wow, this is really amazing!
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say0ran Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:iconkissinguplz: Thank you!
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KawaiiNekito Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Anytime :D
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theturtwig66 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student
I love this! *0*
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say0ran Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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theturtwig66 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student
Your welcome!
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Nakama95 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aww this is just adorable! I love all the bright colors and I see nothing wrong with your scuba gear
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say0ran Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ahhh thank you! <3
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WhiteStella Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Psh! You say the scuba gear is "probably" inaccurate? ...Clearly, you must be mistaken if you say probably. It looks WONDERFUL in my opinion! I see no mistake here! (Then again, I don't check out real scuba gear to begin with so if anything, this is real to me.) The coloring and shading are VERY well done and I LOVE how you draw Alfred's eyes and his underwater goggles! Overall, in my states language: "You totally like, did awesome, dude!!"
(Gosh, I really can't stop admiring the coloring!! =w=)
P.S~ I LOVE your avatar picture! (Germany with a mustache....>w<)
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say0ran Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
ajsklf I'm glad that it doesn't look inaccurate then ^^; thanks so much!! ;u;
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XxCountryGrlxX Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This makes me feel like going for a swim... And watching Hetalia... :XD:

This is really good!! :meow:
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say0ran Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Haha, thank you!
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FlopyLopez Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When I saw this on tumblr, I didin't realize you drew it, oh God!
You have improved so much in just a short period of time! :D I mean, from all those cute chibis, to detailed pictures with nice concept, congratulations! :XD:
I really love this piece, the background is so well done ^^
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say0ran Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
asdfjkla that makes me really happy to know that my art has improved! ;A;

Thank you so much!
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FlopyLopez Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem, really, seeing how you improve has inspired me a lot!! ;u;
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KitKatHeart19 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
wow well done!!! :)
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say0ran Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much~
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KitKatHeart19 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
no problem! :clap:
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simply-lau Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
You sure have a lot of patience! > u < I don't like making detailed backgrounds but I should work on them, anyway the one you made is so amazing :heart:
I also love the colours *^*
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say0ran Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm actually not that patient hehe. I usually give up within 5 minutes if I try anything super detailed, but I guess I was really motivated when I was drawing this! ;u; Thank you very much! :heart:
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simply-lau Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Eheh, I see XD You're very welcome! <3
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pammy01251 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Y ur so good? :hmm:
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say0ran Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm not that amazing ;o; But thank you~
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pammy01251 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Np and heck u r
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