Protector ~ she protects the dugongs and manatees; only feeding on seagrass and the souls of those who harm the seagrass meadows.
She is based on my recent drawings of dugongs for Animal Alphabets (Twitter).
Inspired by a fun mermaid challenge during May on social media this month, because its May. And why not? The challenge is to make a mermaid piece every day and hashtag it ‘#mermay’ so you can share it with the world (on Instagram and Twitter). I have failed miserably since I have only managed one so far but I got to practice my watercolour painting and that’s pretty important. I might do another, who knows. The “problem” is I have got a lot of work on right now – my own project – Funeral Pyrate, and two book commissions (yay!) which I am pretty excited about! I feel incredibly busy right now and my blog is suffering as usual, but my watercolour practice is not – I have found some brushes that suit me and I’m slowly investing in some good paint (Windsor and Newton Professional/Artist quality) both of which has made a massive difference to my results and enjoyment. It turns out cheaper paint is actually quite hard to manipulate compared to the better quality stuff. I still have a lot to learn but my confidence is slowly building with this gorgeous, unpredictable medium and I will continue to use it every day to make sure I improve.
Bibliography and Inspiration
The Art of Loish, A Look Behind the Scenes, Lois Van Baarle , 3DPublishing, 2016
Music I listened to
Turbo Kid Soundtrack (I am obsessed)
The Birthday Massacre (still obsessed)
Miss May I – Monument