Who can guess / the secret of the sea? – Woody Guthrie
A number of songs in my library come up when I search for “mermaid”. They’re all pretty good, in their own ways
- 1983… (A Merman I Should Turn to Be) – The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Just the swirling sort of psychedelic fantasy that you would expect from ol’ Jimi.
- Merman – Tori Amos. This paino-and-vocal-only song was given to the benefit album called No Boundaries that also brought us Pearl Jam’s cover version of “Last Kiss”.
- Secret of the Sea – Billy Bragg & Wilco. This came from their collection of songs based off Woody Guthrie’s unrecorded lyrics. The albums were called Mermaid Avenue (vol I & II). Superb upbeat pop-rock.
While flipping through some old sketchbooks, a doodle from years and years ago caught my eye. It was a mermaid – a simple, stylized pencil silhouette with long, flowing tendrils of kelp-like hair.
That sketch inspired the picture above. This picture was a lot of fun to do, mainly because I didn’t fuss over it too much. Just some lines and squiggles with a splash of color. No fancy Photoshop bells or whistles here.
By accident, I filled the background with the pink color from fish-girl’s cheeks. It was too tantalizing to simple “undo” so an alternate version was born:
I like this one even better. What do you prefer?
And if anyone can supply a particularly intriguing explanation for why she’s so nervous-looking, I’ll make an illustration to go with your story. (post it in the comments section)
They say / It’s impossible / For a man to live underwater…. – Jimi Hendrix