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I had a very productive MerMay in 2021 and felt like I’d finally recovered some of my creative groove. I used the monthly challenge to play a lot with line and color, and while there were some experiments that didn’t quite shine, I was quite proud of a few of these merfolk and felt like I’d learned and evolved a bit as an artist (which is always the hoped-for result of a challenge like this, in my opinion). This is quite a motley assortment of mers — a Lizzo-inspired mer pops up not once but twice (with a Chris Evans-ish merman, because they were flirting on Twitter the day I drew this), there is an exploration of the two different types of sirens, and even an undersea creature inspired by No-Face from Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away. This was the first MerMay that I improvised — usually I plan them out so there is a good balance of genders and animal sidekicks. This was definitely an educational May!
MerMay 2021: Warm Up
As a warmup to the official MerMay challenge, I drew this warrior queen mermaid as a way of experimenting with linework and color and shaking off some of the lingering creative slump from 2020. I enjoyed playing with this fierce beauty! An Instagram poll for fave colors resulted in… no clear winner! People really loved the version they loved, it proved quite interesting. I’m glad I did this — I was in much better shape to start the actual challenge once May 1st rolled around.
Six Fan Arts
There is an ongoing challenge to draw a fan art 6up — characters of your choosing, anything goes. I don’t draw much fan art, but I’ve had a lot of fun with these and hope to do more!
Creativity during the first wave of the pandemic in early-mid 2020 was elusive. Despite my love for the annual MerMay challenge, I managed only a short comic and a few mer drawings. I was proud of any and all pandemic output. It was a rough time.
Boy Pages: Paper Dolls & Coloring Pages
Free paper dolls and coloring pages that feature a neutral boy — color him as you like, and be creative!
Inktober 2019: I Scream
I split Inktober 2019 into three short comics that used the official prompts. For the final third of October, I did a short horror comic about a witch and an ice cream vendor. Based on a true story.
Inktober 2019: The Sea Witch’s Daughter
I split Inktober 2019 into three short comics that used the official prompts. For the middle third of October, I did a sequel to last year’s Inktober comic Together Alone. I really enjoyed revisiting the supernatural seas! Maybe a happy ending next year… maybe.