My name is Laura Bernard and this year I decided to partake in a popular drawing prompt within the art community called ‘MerMay’.


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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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GalaxyInAJar 2 weeks ago

Beautiful

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Judith Cozien 2 weeks ago

Don't talk to me til I've had my first cup of mermaid coffee!

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Dumpling Yang 2 weeks ago

YESSS PRINCESS MONONOKE!!!

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Lina S. 2 weeks ago

Coralmaid?

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Paige Loewen 2 weeks ago

I like the use of different body shapes

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Judith Cozien 2 weeks ago

Someone seems to comment every time one of these pics shows a nipple - personally I'm not even noticing the "nudity", just seeing beautiful art!

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Aneese 2 weeks ago

Frida o Ke Kai !! (Translation: Frida of the sea ~ [Hawaiian] )

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-PotatoGalaxy- 2 weeks ago

I love it! You’re amazing!

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Judith Cozien 2 weeks ago

Mermaid is not convinced by your excuses...

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Lina S. 2 weeks ago

Omg! Amazing!

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kasa alex 2 weeks ago

I love the book-nerd ones ~~ kindred souls maybe

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Capermom 2 weeks ago

Gorgeous hair...! <3

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Rappenwolf 2 weeks ago

Gorgeous freckling!

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Rappenwolf 2 weeks ago

I just noticed the little planets.

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boredfox 2 weeks ago

Beautiful glowing!

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Kireina Walters 2 weeks ago

Sea-o-patra!!

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McSploofenberry Clabersauce 2 weeks ago

I like this one most

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Capermom 2 weeks ago

Awwww...

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Paige Loewen 2 weeks ago

I like all the space-y ones

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Aneese 2 weeks ago

Mall Mermaid !

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Lina S. 2 weeks ago

Reminds me of Rapunzel

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McSploofenberry Clabersauce 2 weeks ago

Ooh Sailor Moon! I’m loving this stuff more and more!

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Birdgirl45 2 weeks ago

Venus!

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TheRubyFalcon 2 weeks ago

I bet the groceries are so light underwater...

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I've Been Drawing Mermaids For Whole May And These Are The Results

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Somebody 1 week ago

Legend of Korra!