Merbaby and Friend

Here’s the fifth in the week-long series of A Mermaid a Day sketch cards for you to download! Hope this chubby little mer-tot tickles your fancy! Please see the permissions blurb below:

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You have my permission to use, for personal use only, any of these to make home-printed stickers, postcards, iron-on patches, place cards for a mermaid party — if your home printer can do it, have at it! You can even use them for your avatar on social media, if you credit me. Just don’t sell them or print them commercially or remove my teeny imprint, please.  The originals of these are tiny, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, so don’t expect them to print large; I’ve uploaded them at full resolution, though, so they should be suitable for small uses as mentioned above.

Heart of the Sea

Here’s the fourth in the week-long series of A Mermaid a Day sketch cards for you to download! A cockle shell is shaped like a heart if you look at it sideways, so what better gift for a mer-sweetie?

The standard permission blurb applies (see below):

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You have my permission to use, for personal use only, any of these to make home-printed stickers, postcards, iron-on patches, place cards for a mermaid party — if your home printer can do it, have at it! You can even use them for your avatar on social media, if you credit me. Just don’t sell them or print them commercially or remove my teeny imprint, please.  The originals of these are tiny, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, so don’t expect them to print large; I’ve uploaded them at full resolution, though, so they should be suitable for small uses as mentioned above.

Octopus Glamour!

Here’s the third in the week-long series of A Mermaid a Day sketch cards for you to download! I know this one’s not a mermaid, but in honour of Root’s young friend’s pet, I present an octopus suitable for any festive occasion. Please see the permissions blurb below:

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You have my permission to use, for personal use only, any of these to make home-printed stickers, postcards, iron-on patches, place cards for a mermaid party — if your home printer can do it, have at it! You can even use them for your avatar on social media, if you credit me. Just don’t sell them or print them commercially or remove my teeny imprint, please.  The originals of these are tiny, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, so don’t expect them to print large; I’ve uploaded them at full resolution, though, so they should be suitable for small uses as mentioned above.

The Mermaid’s Pearl

Here’s the second in the week-long series of A Mermaid a Day sketch cards for you to download! (Please see the permission blurb below.)

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This mermaid has found a rare enormous pearl which will enable her to communicate with anyone else who has one!

You have my permission to use, for personal use only, any of these to make home-printed stickers, postcards, iron-on patches, place cards for a mermaid party — if your home printer can do it, have at it! You can even use them for your avatar on social media, if you credit me. Just don’t sell them or print them commercially or remove my teeny imprint, please.  The originals of these are tiny, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, so don’t expect them to print large; I’ve uploaded them at full resolution, though, so they should be suitable for small uses as mentioned above.

A Week of Merfolk!

Root Redwing has found her thieves, and we’ll get back to our main story next Monday! In the meantime, just to gear us all up for it, I’m going to post each day here on the Mermaid Music blog one of my sketch cards that I’ve done for the Opus Daily Practice Challenge this year. I’ve been doing all kinds of things for that (see my Facebook Page if you’re interested), but it just so happens that seven so far are Mermaid-Music appropriate!

And, bonus — you have my permission to use, for personal use only, any of these to make home-printed stickers, postcards, iron-on patches, place cards for a mermaid party — if your home printer can do it, have at it! You can even use them for your avatar on social media, if you credit me. Just don’t sell them or print them commercially or remove my teeny imprint, please.  The originals of these are tiny, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, so don’t expect them to print large; I’ve uploaded them at full resolution, though, so they should be suitable for small uses as mentioned above.

Watercolour of mer-child holding up sea-shell

Young Freckle was looking for a seashell to turn into a horn — but this one is occupied!

Root Redwing 8

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Root Redwing and the Thieves of Kettle Bay

And that’s it for our story of young Root! Did that mermaid make her forget that she saw her, but not the octopus? Maybe — or maybe she has her own reasons!

Root Redwing 7

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Root Redwing and the Thieves of Kettle Bay

Those eyes! Even grumpy Root can’t resist.

Technical note: the texture on the octopus’s skin and the bubbles were created by using the brush setting (in the brushes panel) for “spattering”. If you’re learning Photoshop (as I still am and probably will always be), play with the brush settings on a blank canvas—it’s really fun and you’ll discover stuff like this!

Root Redwing 6

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Root Redwing and the Thieves of Kettle Bay

Who is this young merkid? And why is she hanging around with this ne’er-do-well of an octopus? Aha! They’re a team! I wonder what Chirikik would think of this?

Root Redwing 5

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Root Redwing and the Thieves of Kettle Bay

This is probably my favourite panel of the whole story! I decided to use a kind of all-over, abstract design for the sequence rather than panels, to reflect the chaos of what probably only took a minute or two in story time, but had a lot of action to convey. Octopuses are really fun to draw, especially if one can anthropomorphize them a bit and give them expressions. And there’s a bit of a nod to Tin-Tin’s Captain Haddock’s inventive curses with the alliteration here. I think I’m going to have to work on Root’s colourful vocabulary for her future appearances in Mermaid Music!

Root Redwing 4

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Root Redwing and the Thieves of Kettle Bay

Night has fallen and this is getting spooky! What has Root found in her boat? Did she forget and leave the microwave on while cooking up some marshmallows for s’mores?

Another technical Photoshop note, for those who may be interested: you might have noticed those soft fuzzy edges to the panels. It’s easy-peasy; just select the white area around the panels; if you already have outlines, head up to the Select menu and find Modify>Expand, and set the pixels to enough to cover up your lines.

Then go back to (or if you don’t have outlines, just start at) the Select menu and find Modify>Feather and set the pixels for the feathering to your own taste; I think I used 10 here. Then Edit>Fill with white, and you’ll have these lovely soft edges!