Just a little late, but here is my final mermay image! I’ve really enjoyed taking part in this drawing challenge this year, it’s been really fun and challenging. It’s also been amazing to see other artists’ different interpretations of mermaids.
Heres my 30th image for mermay all finished! I really wanted to illustrated a group of mermaids or sirens luring sailors at some point during the mermay challenge and left that till the penultimate image.
I didn’t add as much detail as I would have initially like due to running out of time, but overall I’m happy with the final result. I’m unsure whether or not I will be able to finish my final image in time to post it for the final day of the challenge, but if not will certainly post it when it is finished!
Just finished this painting in time for day 29. It’s an illustration of the little mermaid’s garden featuring her marble statue from Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale.
I knew I would likely draw something relating to The Little Mermaid story for mermay and have always liked the description of her underwater garden with the marble statue and red weeping willow and I have actually painted a small ink drawing of the same scene previously.
I found painting the underwater scene easier in this image than I did for my previous mermay illustration and I think a big help was having a background wash constituting of blues, greens, and purples, to help create some depth.
However as I am working on a time limit, I didn’t go into much detail with the garden and is plants and focused my attention more on the little mermaid and her statue.
This is the painting I finished for day 28 of mermay. It was actually meant for an earlier day and I started the painting a while ago but just left it in favour of other pieces of work, however since mermay is nearly over I thought I might as well finish it as part of the challenge.
I had difficulty with the piece from when I started and I think I became quite bored with it, the most difficult part for me was painting a convincing sea floor. I wanted to have something that was quite fantasy like and colourful but also easily identifiable for what it is and I’m still not too happy with the final outcome, but it has been good practice for painting the bottom of the ocean as I have been struggling with that.
There are only two more days of mermay left and I am already working on my final two images for the challenge, but they are quite large paintings so I’m not entirely sure if I’ll finish them in time. If not I’ll just post a cropped or work in progress version and will then upload the completed images whenever they are finished.
My second glowing mermaid, made once again using quink ink and bleach. This one didn’t turn out as well as the other one because the paper I used for it wasn’t as good as the paper I used for the first one and so the bleach began to wear at the paper, however I think I managed to fix up most of it using some watercolours.
I really liked the idea of drawing a glowing mermaid and so decided to draw one as part of mermay, using quink ink and bleach to create the bright glowing colour of the mermaid.
I really like how it turned out as I was unsure if it would work or not and I ended up drawing three glowing mermaids for mermay.