Illustration Friday: Fluid

Remember when I used to do Illustration Friday all the time? Yeah, me either. It was a long time ago. I thought I’d give it another whirl using it as a little drawing exercise each week. “I’ll just keep it loose and finish it in under an hour.”  Uh that did not happen this week.

mermaid I couldn’t resist the mermaid pull.  Which will probably be one of many in the IF pool this week, but it was new to me.  I hear mermaids are the new zombie/werewolf/vampire in the YA world. And I say bring it on.

I wanted to make her a bit fish-like, and other-worldly, while still keeping it for a middle grade audience age– as opposed to the sexy-siren mermaid version.  What do you think? Hmm maybe topless mermaids too scandalous for that age?

I’m still going to do a bit more with the lighting and a couple of other niggling things (eg I’m not loving the rough oval edge.) But there she is.

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12 Responses to “Illustration Friday: Fluid”

  1. bronsmith Says:

    I especially like the subtle design pattern in the water behind the mermaid. Very nice work.

  2. Cindy D. Says:

    Nicely done! She’s got a great face and looking back over her shoulder is a nice pose. Love the hair.

    • Gaia // Children's Illustrator Says:

      Thanks Cindy! I think I need to do some adjusting still– that right arm looks a little long or something to me– right?

  3. kathryn Says:

    yes to mermaids! i used to do illustration friday too… back in 2005 or so…

  4. Christina Rodriguez Says:

    I don’t see anything scandalous about this! It’s mysterious and very fluid. If folks have a problem with implied nudity they should remember “The Last Unicorn,” and that (while a film) was for even younger ages.

    • Gaia // Children's Illustrator Says:

      Ha! You’re right. I don’t do much work for this age group so I wasn’t totally sure.

      That right hand is totally bothering me. Not “kid” enough.

  5. Katrin Seibel Says:

    Great illustration!

  6. Chavah Billin Says:

    Really cool! Love the look over the shoulder!

  7. Gaia // Children's Illustrator Says:

    Thanks Chavah!

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