I love mermaids and always have. I know I’m hardly alone in this sentiment, or else why would #Mermay exist?
When I was a kid, and before Mulan came along, The Little Mermaid was my favorite movie of all time. I would watch it over and over and over again, singing along to the songs, happily enjoying myself in what I now know to be a special interest. As I grew older, the story of the little mermaid stuck with me, and I connected with Ariel on yearning for freedom and adventure away from her home. It was comforting to know that I wasn’t alone in that feeling.
As an adult, my special interest has waned significantly– or rather has morphed into different interests, but mermaids have never left me. If I find myself struggling with what to draw, I always find my pencil sketching out the curves of a plump mermaid with long, elegant fins and a huge mass of floating hair. There’s something about the flow of their bodies, their inseparable bond with water and nature that I find spiritually and emotionally freeing. It hearkens to my primal desires to be deeply in tune with the natural world.
The incredible array of mermaids you see online in the art world is phenomenal– in fact, I have an entire Pinterest board filled with mermaid art that I enjoy looking at from time-to-time. But I gotta say, it’s pretty hard to find mermaids that aren’t skinny cis white women a la Disney’s Ariel. So I try to make work that doesn’t look like that, and I thought I’d share a bit of one of my favorite mermaid drawings with you in celebration of #Mermay. :] [smiley]
The featured image on this post is of an intersex merperson who uses they and she pronouns, and I love this one because this merperson embraces their everything in abundant ways: hair for days, stubble all over, full breasts, plenty of fat rolls. She has a facial expression of fullness and serenity that brings me joy to see. I hope she brings you joy, too!
So that’s it for today! I hope you like mermaids, folks– ’cause they will be frequent visitors on here. lol
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