Where do mermaids live?
My water dancers need a better habitat than a swimming pool. Those smooth tile sides reflect the rippled sunlight beautifully but mermaids should live in the ocean. I started by making a “plate”, an underwater background scene based on the pool’s perspective and light source. I turned the sides of the pool into a rocky cliff face and twisted vines up the sides.
Then in go the mermaids…
Even with my water dancers in the scene, it looked empty and rather grim with no other life, as though the mermaids were hungry sharks that had scared all the fish away. And my mermaids aren’t predators. So I painted in their companion fish using photos from my trip to an aquarium as reference.
I was listening to a podcast recently where the artist was talking about how important good references are – I certainly can’t do without them. So wherever I go, I take photos because you never know when cliff faces, vines and fish will be useful!
What’s the mermaids’ story?
So what are the water dancers swimming towards? I’ve brainstormed lots of ideas. Maybe there’s a ship passing overhead. Or perhaps something’s fallen into the water – a sailor, a sword, an anchor, or even a fish net? Maybe a giant squid or sea dragon is swimming past. Or what if a sorceress stands above the water summoning the mermaids to the surface.
I’d love to hear what you think. What do you think the story might be?
Keep on shining bright,