Sea Maiden Oysters, 2017

Sea Maiden Oysters (art edition)

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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