mermaid ocean!

Mermaids! Who doesn't love mermaids, right? I've wanted to do a mermaid design for a little while, I did some mermaid paintings awhile back (but don't look, they're ugly!) These ones are far cuter - there are three mer-girls and three mer-boys, and one of the mer-boys is playing a ukulele.

Partially completed - (don't copy it, you will get bad karma). I always do the illustration on paper, scan it in, colour it, then have it printed. This was way more complex, and induced more swearing, than usual - the image contains several layers as the tail is a different colour to the bodies, plus there's a lot more detail to be coloured in. Usually I will start by colouring the base colours - in this case the tails, outlines and skin, then fiddle with the colour of the clothes.

Skin tones are getting a bit tricky - it's okay if the tone of a tree or a fish or a pair of pants is a bit off, but if you get skin tone wrong you have jaundiced or sunburnt looking mermaids. No good!

The mer-purses are available for sale:
Pocket Carnival shop (in $AU)
On Etsy (in $US)

7 comments:

Kirsty said...

Oh goodness these are too cool for school. Love them!

Spin Spin said...

Hey Penny! Looks like you've been busy, great stuff. See you soon, Susan

Cotton Kiwi said...

I love mermaids (can't really avoid them with 2 daughters!). Love your mermaids. Just gorgeous.

alitareads said...

These are so cute! I love that they're just wearing regular t-shirts, nothin' fancy :)

Jessi said...

oh how cute!

i have been sick so not checking my fav blogs!! this is great penny! :)

Mallory said...

Wonderful! Nothing is better than a mermaid playing a ukulele.

Lia said...

ooo cute print! I still have my cute pouch I bought from melbourne sitting idly...too cute to actually use it :). It's the cute person's print :)