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.

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