Mermaids have always been a favorite mythical/fantasy subject of mine, ever since I was a little girl. However, I long ago grew tired of seeing the stereotypical type of mermaid (think The Little Mermaid). That style isn't a bad thing (in fact, The Little Mermaid is one of my favorite animated movies), but with this drawing I wanted to make her look more aquatic. That's why I gave her webbed hands, more scales on the body, the blue and green tones, and the more elaborate fins. I also wanted her to look sort of like a cartoon character, semi-2D, as sort of a nod to my favorite animated mermaid. I wasn't going for a totally realistic look, and I like the result of this approach. Overall I'm pretty happy with this picture. I drew this on paper, inked it, and then colored it in Photoshop. It was completed in August of 2003.
Prints and magnets of this illustration are now available.