Mermaid drawings for Mermay 2018

Mermay is where one is challenged to draw a mermaid(or merfolk creature) a day. I found out this year it originated with Tom Bancroft and found this link to his sight and there is also a link to some prompts http://mermay.com/what-is-mermay/

So I did not make 31 drawings, but I did quite a few. Some I did for #EMGsketchfest a but mostly I got my inspiration from the muses of Sktchy. An app where muses post inspiration photos and artists can use them for reference and upload them back with a link to the inspiration. It is quite a nice and encouraging community.

So I learned some things, experimented with some media overall, I had fun and this is a collage of the pieces I came up with, including a couple with variations where I went on to colour the line work I drew initially.

000Mermay 2018 collage-small

I have a gallery to look at on Facebook to see each image individually at a larger scale. Some I will be selling the originals of, and that is the best place for now to let me know of any interest in that way. I will have some prints available via Fine Art America/Pixels and a couple at CafePress as well.

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May Sketch Fest

May 18-20 was Ellen Million’s Sketchfest. I am slow posting my images this month because I wanted to work more to get a semblance of more finished looking work, and one especially was troublesome. I was experimenting with a resist product, and trying to get a water colour feel for a couple of them. The witch one, I probably over worked and may over work it some more, but the gist of this is I was delayed, but I am now posting what progress I have. Because it is May, and for most of the month I have been focusing on participating with #mermay, my drawings are all mermaids. The prompts I chose were

Star Song

Song to the Stars painted-small

Witch of your choice

020 Mermay 20 sktchy mermaid-small

Mermaid – angler fish

angler fish mermaid small

I have almost a months worth of more mermaids I drew for #mermay that I will post in a couple of days, so if you like mermaids, stay tuned!

Believer

This is a very cool version of a cool song and a very awesome music project.

Someone posted a link to their cover version of One Day by Matisyahu and it lead me to the Imagine Dragons cover above. “Believer” is the one that got stuck in my head so that’s the one I am sharing first, but “One Day” is so poignant and just so beautiful I didn’t want to not share it, just because it wasn’t an earworm.

down by the shore

The lyric going through my head over and over was “down by the shore”. Turns out it’s from the song “The Curse” by Agnes Obel. She keeps coming up on my YouTube suggestions and I keep following the links so it’s no surprise a song by her would find it’s way burrowed into my brain. I find her music incredibly beautiful.

The Curse

And the people went into their hide, they oh
From the start they didn’t know exactly why, why
Winter came and made it so all look alike, look alike
Underneath the grass would grow, aiming at the sky
It was swift, it was just, another wave of a miracle
But no one, nothing at all would go for the kill
If they called on every soul in the land, on the moon
Only then would they know a blessing in disguise
The curse ruled from the underground down by the shore
And their hope grew with a hunger to live unlike before
The curse ruled from the underground down by the shore
And their hope grew with a hunger to live unlike before
Tell me now of the very souls that look alike, look alike
Do you know the stranglehold covering their eyes?
If I call on every soul in the land, on the moon
Tell me if I’ll ever know a blessing in disguise
The curse ruled from the underground down by the shore
And their hope grew with a hunger to live unlike before
And the curse ruled from the underground down by the shore
And their hope grew with a hunger to live unlike before

Songwriters: Agnes Caroline Thaarup Obel

The Curse lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

 

Í Tokuni

I had this stuck in my head last night and this morning, but the only thing I could remember is I probably heard during a YouTube listening session. I hoped a look through the YouTube history would help and it was quite close to the top so the search was easy!

Mercy Street

I am posting 2 versions of Mercy Street. One because it’s the one that planted the ear worm and the other because it’s a beloved song and the original version of the song.

I like the first version well enough and Fever Ray is fascinating on so many levels and wouldn’t share this if it was awful, I would have just shared Peter Gabriel’s version. Of course for me Peter Gabriel could never be supplanted by anyone or anything and everyone should be reminded of his genius.

 

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