One of the current Twitter trends I’ve noticed is #MerMay. It popped up on some feeds I follow, and was shared by some others. From what I saw, it was a challenge where artists draw a mermaid a day.
I’ve done some quick research and apparently MerMay was created by artist Tom Bancroft, who has worked on some of my very favourite movies, including The Lion King. And it also turns out that there’s more to MerMay than just drawing one a day. There are also prompts.
Maybe next year I’ll partake in the challenge properly, but this year I’ve just drawn a few mermaids.
The first one I did was this one…
A lot of my learning to draw so far has been copying images I like, and I usually find them on Pinterest, which makes it very hard to trace the original artist. I did a reverse image search but all I find is links to the image on Pinterest. If you know who drew this, please let me know.
My next attempt was baby Ariel…
Again, I couldn’t find the original artist. I promise I will start paying more attention to this.
I need to work on positioning my pieces on the page, as evidenced by this lovely mermaid’s midriff being over the perforations on my sketchbook.
Original image from Pinterest again – maybe I should find a new source. Any suggestions?
At this point I moved on to original characters. I’m trying to do more of that.
I like kind of everything about this one apart from her face. Face was much fail. Also, positioning fail again.
I decided I hadn’t drawn enough rainbows so…
My final (so far) MerMay is an original piece, taking an original character…
…and giving him a tail.
That’s it so far, but there’s still a whole bunch of May left so there may be more mermaids coming.
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