MerMay 2017 Complete!

Wow! Has it been a whole month already?

For those of you not following me on instagram, I’ve been participating in “MerMay” – an art challenge where you are asked to draw a picture of a mermaid every day for the month of May. I learned about this challenge too late in the year last year to join. This year, however,  I had it written down on my calendar so I wouldn’t miss it!

Here are all 31 images together. If you’d like to see them in greater detail, pop on over to my instagram (@leslietaylordesign)

What I am proud of:

  • My use of colour. I have discovered not only the opacity tool, but the hardness slider on my photoshop brush, and suddenly the world is my oyster. I also experimented with adding little dots for colour and texture and really like the effect!
  • My line work and image quality Somewhere around day four, May the Fourth (be with you), my line work really improved! I had been challenging myself to work from a reference as little as possible and under no circumstances copy an image in and trace it in photoshop. As a result, I am really blown away by some of the faces and bodies I drew this month.
  • Mer-Basset Hounds, Mer-weimaraners and Pug-topuses! This month was full of cute doggy sea creatures.

My goals for June’s daily drawings

  • Speed! I am going to restrict myself to 30 minutes per drawing. When the time runs up, I post what I have. My drawing teacher at college said that time is the money, meaning you could take 30 minutes to complete a painting, or five hours, but if you’re only getting paid $50 for the piece, you could be earning $100 an hour, or $10, it’s up to you.


My daily drawings will continue, though I’m not sure what I should draw for the month of June. Any suggestions?

This post is dedicated to Ravyn, the smiling weimaraner I mermaid-i-fied on May 12th. Unfortunately, she passed away on the 30th due to poor health. She lived 15 wonderful, yet neurotic, years.

TUNESDAY: “Reasons to Be Cheerful Pt. 3” by Ian Dury & The Blockheads


I’m a sucker for a nonsense song talk-sung by a British guy. Have I posted Toast on #Tunesday yet? That’s another great nonsense song talk-sung by a British guy. Stay tuned! 

“Reasons to Be Cheerful, Pt. 3” is a wonderful mix of a groovy beat, a wicked guitar and saxophone solo, a charming British voice listing everyday objects that are definitely reasons to be cheerful, all accompanied by quite a lot of cowbell.

The juice of the carrot, the smile of the parrot
A little drop of claret – anything that rocks
Elvis and Scotty, days when I ain’t spotty,
Sitting on the potty – curing smallpox

I highly recommend putting this song on when you’re on your way to something you don’t really want to go to… like work, or school, or visiting a relative.. Whatever the obligation of the day may be. This should have you dancing and grooving down the street, lifting your spirits just a little bit.

I’m not sure if Ian Dury & The Blockheads made a “Reasons to Be Cheerful, Pt. 2” or “Reasons to Be Cheerful, Pt. 1” but my quick internet search says no. I guess we’ll just have to wonder what wonderful items were in the early versions, or what didn’t make the cut for part three. Maybe I should make a part four…?

Was today’s song a hit or a miss? Let me know in the comments below! Song recommendations are always welcome!