Mermaid

Mermaid by Rianne de Boer Patient nr 1043

Mermaid


The idea of a mermaid being a woman with half a fish for her lower body is too unnatural to be close to believable. To create a believable mermaid I decided to give this creature a different design, but with a silhouette that isn't too different from a woman's. The face should be smooth, to slide through the water with ease, while also being feminine to lure sailors towards a watery grave. There was no need for a nose, because underwater there's no rain to fall down on a face that should be kept out of the respiratory organs. Instead, like a fish, she should have gills, which I put on her face, so they can easily be linked to their breathing function. The eyes were made different than a human's, to make even more clear that she's not a human being but something else that looks a lot like one.

This design was first sketched with a standard HB pencil on A4 printing paper. After this sketch I used a 2B mechanical pencil to make permanent lines. These were used to keep the design clean and smooth.

Online since 17-08-2010