I like to follow #MerMay on Twitter, which is a yearly drawing event where artist draw mermaids all month long. This is my first time taking part, though I’ve not been drawing every day! My mermaid is inspired by the Sea Girl from ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’, who Lucy sees as the ship passes by.

“Suddenly she saw a little Sea Girl of about her own age in the middle of them – a quiet, lonely-looking girl with a sort of crook in her hand. Lucy felt sure that this girl must be a shepherdess – or perhaps a fish-herdess – and that the shoal was really a flock at pasture.”

SeaGirl_01

Haven’t drawn much in the last few days, so I spent some of my morning doing timed sketches from artists.pixelovely.com – a great site for gesture practice. These were 30 second drawings.

30sec

I had the privilege of taking part in the first-ever Animation Base Camp, a trainee programme in Glasgow with mentors from Sony Pictures Animation, during July to September this year. It focused on creating visual development art and an animatic for an original idea directed by David Feiss. I worked as a storyboard artist, creating ideas and gags for the project.

You can find out a little more about who was involved at the link above, but I’d like to particularly thank Fraser, Elaine and Will, as well as Jenn, and of course all my fellow students.

The story revolves around odd-couple animals at a therapist’s office. This is one of my scenes from the final animatic, featuring a talkative bear.

We also had the opportunity to develop lots of gag ideas of how some of the couples might have met. This was one of my ideas:

See more storyboards from the Base Camp here and here.

Heads and Tails

I did these sketches last month but only got the chance to colour them today. Most of them are very quick gesture drawings, around 30 seconds. The portrait was drawn in about 5 minutes. I think the fish came out particularly well!
Koala Woman Turtle Faces Fishy

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