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.
Which, 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.
Then 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!
Her 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.
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.
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.)
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!