Below that gently rippling surface is a world full of wonder and mystery! Illustrations with the tag #半水面 (lit. “half-underwater”) on pixiv are unique in that they offer POVs of scenes both above and underwater, usually marked by a clear boundary separating the two. This imaginative style of drawing is a great way to depict characters from the “real” world dipping their toes into dreamy underwater realms, resulting in a stunning contrast. In some cases, artists also use this composition to create a mirror-type effect where the character gazes into the water only to be met with a reflection other than their own.
Enjoy this collection of whimsical illustrations and the otherworldly sights they depict! If you could visit any underwater realm or city, which one would you pick and why?