I am almost in awe that this turned out the way it did. I’m notorious for beginning something extremely complicated, and halfway through something disastrous happens to it. This is my final for Drawing I this semester. He told us we needed to do something “big” that “took a lot of time”. Well, those shells themselves took hours and hours to complete on their own, so I factored it in with the time it took to do the mermaid and the surroundings… around 3 days total. After doing many random india ink/watercolor pencil shells, I decided I’d incorporate them into my final’s design. I have a strong admiration for mer-creatures, and enjoy drawing them whenever I can. The myths about them remind me a lot of my life. With blind lust and excitement, I drag things I desire down to sea with me, in my world. Whether they adapt or drown is completely up to fate. The seashells were collaged atop one another, and the rest is india ink and watercolor pencil.
18″×24″ Turquoise/Magenta/Yellow India Ink/Watercolor Pencil
on Bristol Board.