TheThumbprint: Drawing a Mermaid with Personality

TheThumbprint: Drawing a Mermaid with Personality - student project

I'm currently doing the Mermay challenge on Instagram where you draw a mermaid with a specific theme every day in the month of May. I was noticing that my characters were looking a bit stiff, so I decided to take this class. 

I was working digitally on Procreate. I started with the warm-ups, which really, are always good no matter how long you've been drawing. 

TheThumbprint: Drawing a Mermaid with Personality - image 1 - student projectWhich, looking at this now, looks like a bunch of music notes dying, so I'm totally going to have to draw that after Mermay is over...

 

... anyway. Here are a few more sketches. Really liked the advice about using a curved line in the thighs and shins so you'll have a more realistic volume when you fill out the skeleton with an outline. 

 

TheThumbprint: Drawing a Mermaid with Personality - image 2 - student projectThen I started with a sketch of the general gist of the mermaid without a reference because I just couldn't find any. So, I leaned heavy on physics and a biology class I took in high school and all of the people-watching I used to do when crowds of humans were a thing -- and -- voila! 


TheThumbprint: Drawing a Mermaid with Personality - image 3 - student projectHer and her fish looked too much like a bad mer-karaoke night with a microphone so I changed it when I went over it with more refined lines. Also, I filled her in all gray just to get an idea of the whitespace and refined her contours. 

TheThumbprint: Drawing a Mermaid with Personality - image 4 - student project

 

 

Then I started blocking off where the colors should be. I usually use ugly colors at first, focusing more on plotting my contrast here, then, I'll go in and decide on a color scheme. 


TheThumbprint: Drawing a Mermaid with Personality - image 5 - student project

 

I wanted an obnoxious color scheme and so here we are. There's a big, bright pink sun with its analogous colored sky. The pink light touches the sand and a bunch of blues, highlighting a very self involved mermaid with a big fluffy tail who is about to eat that fish. Mermaids are not all vegan. That is a bold faced lie. Anyone who says otherwise has never met one. Duh. To some of them, fish are friends AND food. (Two things can be true.) 

 

TheThumbprint: Drawing a Mermaid with Personality - image 6 - student project
If you'd like to see more of my daily Mermay drawing challenges (and potentially an illustration or animation about music notes dying), please follow me @thethumbprint on Insta. 

 

Thank you and happy Skillsharing! 

Thethumbprint
Designer and Illustrator based in the US