Art Journal Page: Take The Plunge - a Mermaid Tute

I'm an avid fan and follower of a certain Mr James Burke. And amongst his many and varied talents, he has a penchant for drawing mermaids. So passionate is he for his water maidens, that he generously shared a youtube tutorial on how to sketch & paint them. I highly recommend you go and bookmark the video right this very instant! Go on! Of you you go.

Think you can't draw? Apparently neither can his husband, who draws along with James to prove how freakin easy it is. Think the above Mermaid is a bit too grotesque for your tastes? Don't worry. That's just my take on it. James shows you how to draw catwalk-worthy mermaids. 

Anyway, I've had this on my list of to dos for an age and finally got around to following James's instructions on one of my pages. I of course didn't want to copy his style out and out. My pen just wouldn't do it. I just had to try it in my own style. 

So with a background created with chalk paints from Paperartsy, I drew my mermaid first in pencil before attacking the page with my Posca markers.

I don't think this is the last mermaid i'll be drawing either. I have an idea in my head and it may well find itself plonked opposite this page on the right hand side of my journal. Well Easater is looking wet and miserable. Perfect for spending time in my journal.

P x