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)