MerMay Challenge 2017 Recap and Speedpaints

May is the host of the wonderful MerMay challenge where, you might have guessed, artists work with a mermaid theme. Being both a lover of mermaids and a lover of puns, I decided to dive right in this year. See what I did there?

Instead of doing a small sketch a day, I decided to focus on finishing a painting a week, so four pieces total. Three of the four were actually drawings I had inked last summer but never got around to finishing. The only completely new one I did was Lamprey.

It wasn’t until the fourth one – Lamprey – that I realized I had gone with a dangerous, venomous theme complete with mythical selkies, hot pink anemones, and the invasive lionfish. So by the time the last piece rolled around, I was more intentional and chose the vampiric sea lamprey.

This month also marked my Youtube channel debut! I’m super self-conscious about my voice, so I’ve been pining away wanting to make videos for at least a year now. I (mostly) got over myself, so two of the four paintings have speedpaints available.

So without further ado, here’s MerMay 2017!

Lionfish

Inspired by Lionfish, a beautiful toxic creature that’s becoming invasive in reefs all over the world, destroying local sea life.

 

Lionfish MerMay Challenge

 

5 x 7 on watercolor paper. Daniel Smith watercolors, Copic markers, Micron pen, and Gelly Roll.

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Selkie

Selkies are mythical creatures from Celtic tradition. Beautiful women who can turn into seals when they wear their sealskin. Legend goes that if you want to keep a selkie in her human form, you must steal her skin and hide it away.

 

Selkie MerMay Challenge

 

5 x 7 on watercolor paper, mounted on wood. Micron pen and PeBeO paints.

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Anemone

Gotta love brightly colored and painfully stinging sea plants. The idea that there are fish who thrive in its hostility was the inspiration for this piece.

 

Anemone MerMay Challenge

 

5 x 7 on watercolor paper, mounted on wood. Daniel Smith watercolors, Micron pen, Gelly Roll, and PeBeO paints.

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Lamprey

While not dangerous to humans, lampreys can be lethal to fish. They’re a super ancient creature, kind of like a proto-eel. They use their terrifying mouths with rows of teeth to attach on to fish and suck out their blood.

Lamprey MerMay Challenge

5 x 7 on watercolor paper. Daniel Smith watercolors, Micron pen, Gelly Roll, and Copic Markers.

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