A Fat Mermaid

I had a conversation recently with a friend about mermaids, the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale and how much we love them. I’m entering a design contest at my job and decided to use that encounter as inspiration. Here’s what I came up with:


I surprised myself with this one! Usually I work from a sketch first, but this time it was straight freehand on the computer using Adobe Illustrator. With a mouse and not a drawing tablet (because I don’t have one). There honestly was no real reason why I skipped the sketching step other than pure laziness.

It took me about maybe two 3 hour sessions to get it to this point. This might be the first of a few mermaid ideas I’ll work on, but probably the only digital piece. We’ll see though! It turned out better than I expected so I thought I should share it. I also think it’s worth noting that it even though my entry to the contest might not win, it felt really great to be productive and complete something – even if it wasn’t serious!


Work in Progress

Remember the sketch I started? Well I brought it into Illustrator and started tracing it out. It’s still very much at an early stage, but I wanted to show how far I’ve gotten since I introduced the idea.

I’m using several layers in the software to help keep the different parts of the illustration organized. The waterlillies were traced from images that I found online. For the lily pads I only traced one, then copied it several times and modified those copies so that there would be different sizes. The water stream was just one of the stock brushes in Illustrator. Although I’m working from a rough sketch, a lot of the elements I’m freehanding directly in Illustrator. I don’t have a tablet so I’m just using a regular computer mouse. Sooo there’s been a lot of Continue reading