Mermaid illustrations

I fell headlong into mermaid illustration, thanks to the MerMay drawing challenge. It was a great chance to experiment with fantastical character creation.

If you’d like to commission a mermaid illustration, just get in contact.

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Character concept

Half the fun of challenges is thinking up original character concepts. This ‘Racer Mermaid’ is more concerned with winning gold than tempting sailors off rocks.

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I like to use watercolours for mermaids, as they give the illustrations naturally fluid patterns.

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There’s a story behind most of my illustrations - and I love giving things a Tim Burton-esque twist.