Sea Maiden Oysters is a fantasy piece featuring a mermaid. Once in a while I like to do something besides cats, though I did put a kitty in this one. Apparently the kitty wants some of the oyster that the mermaid is about to eat. I don’t know if cats would like oysters or not, but it adds a bit of fun to the piece.
I wanted to do something a little less literal with this one, so I posed the mermaid on a giant shell. So it would be soft for her, I put a round mattress and pillow inside. It’s an oyster bed, of course.
On one trip to the coast I photographed some cliffs. Since I needed reference material, I used those images for this piece. The cliffs aren’t exactly like the ones in my photos, but I like the look. Those images were good reference material for the water, too.
I’m calling this version of Sea Maiden Oysters the art edition. Why? Because I have an idea to maybe do something else with this same image in the future.
On occasion I’ll fall victim to a happy accident in my art. For example, in this piece when I started working on the sky I thought I didn’t have enough blue pencils. I had a lot of turquoise and aquamarine, so I used those instead. Later, I found a whole bag of unused pencils in the closet. Sure enough, there were plenty of blue ones in there. I like the way it turned out, though.
The colors are just different enough from reality to reinforce the idea that this is a fantasy piece (as if the mermaid wasn’t enough of a clue).
This is the first colored pencil piece I’ve done in a while. It’s larger than any I’ve done before. The original is on an 18×24 piece of paper. Despite that, I got through it relatively quickly (for me).
I like it. I plan to do more like this in the future.
The original drawing is done in Prismacolor colored pencils on 2-ply Bristol vellum.
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