My name is Laura Bernard and this year I decided to partake in a popular drawing prompt within the art community called ‘MerMay’.
MerMay was created by illustrator Tom Bancroft for illustrators of all skill sets to challenge themselves to create a mermaid of every day in May, so 31 mermaids! The reason behind doing this is to step outside of your comfort zone creatively, and apply certain ideas to a challenging yet lovely and aesthetic subject matter, mermaids. I decided to partake in this as I wanted to set a challenging goal, something to do along side my daily illustration work, but I really wanted to further my character design skills in particular.
The online art community I find is so extremely supportive of each other, so many of us did it together, enjoyed it together, got bored of it together, frustrated, accepted what we had signed ourselves up for and now here we are at the end, forgetting how to draw legs!
I found this very challenging as this was a busy month for me (personally and with my client and commission work too), but I’d already stubbornly told myself I would do the whole month no matter what. After many late nights, early mornings and ‘whoops it’s 3am’ lead to an overall really positive experience where I dove into the medium that I love and adore, watercolour. I am a digital artist as well so it was really nice to try and step away from my tablet, work traditionally and get my hands dirty. (Literally, I spilt my ink all over my desk, not to mention little muddy cat paw prints over one of the works)
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