Skinny Dip

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Skinny Dip is a standalone illustration by Iron Eater. It ran in Issue 51 at, and is mirrored at


This piece was made entirely in Clip Studio Paint/Manga Studio 5, save for an initial scanned pencil sketch. It makes gratuitous use of the lasso tool and about a bazillion layers.

Artist's Notes[edit]

I knew more or less what I wanted to do with this image shortly after deciding that I was going to illustrate something for the Under the Sea issue, and while it took a false start or two the composition came together very quickly. Being October, the slightly darker implications have a good home, though I was originally unsure if it was a bit much for what's ultimately a pretty cheerful zine; one letter to the editor later I was merrily plotting out murderous lure-mermen.

Never underestimate the value of checking in with your editor.

For the record, I figure the aquatic fella is a complete entity (that is, his top and bottom parts don't have different personalities or anything), and he might be a little sensitive about the whole "man-eating gay monster" thing. Being stuck in a lake gets very lonely.