Chapter Three: Dreaming

Page 84-85 — After an eventful first day at sea, Sami dreams…

Greetings, Sea-folk! As promised In my last missive, I will be posting pages as I get them done. You may remember that this was due to a crazy-busy convention season; well, a funny thing happened on the way to the second and third cons: I caught the nastiest “cold” (that word seems like the understatement of the century) I’ve had in many a year and had to cancel my whole trip, which disappointed me deeply.

I was too sick even to draw comics (which I had planned to do on my trip), so I’ve only started back to work, slowly, over the last week. I decided to take my time on this double-page spread and really enjoy it as therapy, which I did. It’s a good way to work, slowly and carefully and thoughtfully; I often don’t have time to do that with deadlines looming.

So I hope you enjoy this page, and this mysterious dream that Sami is having! I’ll continue posting pages as I get them done, as I am still recovering and need to take things lightly for a bit.

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.)

mermaid holding giant pearl

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!

Meanwhile, under Canadian Seas

It’s a holiday weekend! Thanksgiving, to be precise, in Canada. So today, Mermaid Music is taking a holiday from the plot to visit a harvest season feast with Whelk’s and Gull’s relatives. The dolphin clan will probably come with some fish, if they don’t eat it all first, and I’m sure the mer-kids’ grumpy auntie will show up with some sea urchins, too.

This comic page is sized to use as a desktop image, so feel free to grab it and celebrate with the merfolk!

Here's another version.

You are welcome to share this image as well as use it for your desktop; please leave it intact with signature and website!

Myself, I’m making honey-pumpkin pies and hubby will be making the maple whipped cream!

Mer-cats Takeover!

We now interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you —Mer-cats! Also known as Felis Marinus, these denizens of the briny deep are the purrfect companions for mer-folk like Whelk and Gull . As Maggie delights in a bit of mischief above the waves, so do these below.

I’m at Saskatoon Comic and Entertainment Expo this weekend, so the Mer-cats have agreed to take over the comic for this week. Would you like to see more of these guys integrated into the story? Should Maggie meet them sometime? Should they have their own comic? Let me know! As a special bonus, there are black-and-white versions of these drawings after the colour ones that you can download and colour yourself.

"Well, if you didn't want me to play with it, why did you throw it to me?" Silkfin — ("Purple Prankster")

“Well, if you didn’t want me to play with it, why did you throw it to me?”
Silkfin — (“Purple Prankster”)

"I'm very fancy, but very tiny, so you might miss me, unless you are very still and look very closely into my home next low tide!" — Dappletail ("Tidepool Sculpin")

“I’m very fancy, but very tiny, so you might miss me, unless you are very still and look very closely into my home next low tide!” — Dappletail (“Tidepool Sculpin”)

"Sometimes you just go around in circles trying to get dinner!" — Frills ("Fishy Frolic")

“Sometimes you just go around in circles trying to get dinner!” — Frills (“Fishy Frolic”)

"We are the companions of both Fins and Hands, but we are kind of shy of strangers. But look for us at the mer-folk's city — they stir up a lot of bite-sized fish to eat!" — Sun-on-Wave and Grey-Shadow ("Flirting with the Sun")

“We are the companions of both Fins and Hands, but we are kind of shy of strangers. But look for us at the mer-folk’s city — they stir up a lot of bite-sized fish to eat!” — Sun-on-Wave and Grey-Shadow (“Flirting with the Sun”)

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Chapter Two — Over the Waves

Page 66 — The Curious Case of the Moonlight Swimmer!

Page 66 — The Curious Case of the Moonlight Swimmer!

For those who are interested in art process: I tried something new on the painting stage of this one: the dark, dark blue is Prussian Blue FW Acrylic ink, I applied that first, then was able to paint freely with the watercolour (mostly Daniel Smith Indigo, one of my favourite go-to neutrals) right across it. Sort of similar to masking, but in reverse. Then, white ink spattered over the sky, and some on the waves; finished it all up with some digital cleanup and a yellow tone for the moon, hills, and moonlit waves.

Sometimes I think it would be so nice to just pop the colours in digitally; on a page like this it would have been so fast! But I like the painted-by-hand look more, and haven’t learned to simulate it digitally yet, though I know it can be done. It would be silly to change medium in midstream, anyway. Maybe on the next story!