It begins with Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid. “After saving a prince from drowning, a mermaid princess embraces a life of extreme self-sacrifice to win his love and gain an immortal soul.” I started The Little Mermaid book project back in January. This is a personal journey setting me on a path to illustrate a story that is fantastically dark and hauntingly romantic. This is the exact type of story that draws me in, and I really look forward to taking-on this challenge for the next year.
I'm thrilled to introduce this first illustration from the book. It features my littlest mermaid, who desperately wants the love of a human prince, so she may share his immortal soul and live forever. Mermaids only live 300 years then turn into sea foam at the end of their lives. Here, she is in the deep depths of the ocean. Her bioluminescent hair floats idly around her shoulders as she ponders what it is like to live up above with the fish that fly in the air. Do the humans also dance up above? Do they sing? The title of this piece is Intrigue.
I want to share my love of all things dark and romantic, one of which includes my long-term project, an illustrated Little Mermaid book that will launch on Kickstarter June 2019. Since I discovered my style, I’ve always naturally enjoyed doing strong feminine portraits. And that’s become something I’m known for. That, and expressive eyes. My work is very organic and features flowing shapes, so you can guess I really love drawing underwater hair. The Little Mermaid seemed to combine all the things I’m naturally eager to draw. It has been an enjoyable and challenging journey thus far and I can’t wait to share the finished book a year from now. Many more illustrations to come!
I worked with a local printer to create a beautifully accurate print of Intrigue that's very close to the original chalk pastel drawing and drawing surface.
Offered is an open edition 8x8 digital print and a limited edition signed and numbered 12x12 giclee print on Canson Infinity Printmaking Rag310 GSM. Last is a hand-embellished giclee print. Giclee is a museum quality print using archival ink and paper that will last 100+ years. These are exclusive to this 30 days, and will never be offered again. You can switch tiers any time before the campaign ends. US Shipping is included. If we reach these amounts, I'll be able to add extra free goodies to the campaign.
Below is a short clip of the hand embellishment.
If we reach these amounts, I'll be able to add extra free goodies to the campaign.
UNLOCKED $1000 Stretch Goal 1: A 5x7 print of Rescue will be added to all $25 and higher pledges. More prints can be added to your order once this item unlocks. Please message me directly to arrange this. Rescue is a concept sketch for my Little Mermaid book coming to Kickstarter June of 2019. "During a massive storm the prince’s ship was torn apart by the winds and waves. The littlest mermaid valiantly rescued the dear man, and took him safely to shore. Never had she been so close to a human."
UNLOCKED $1500 Stretch Goal 2: A 2"x 1" enamel pin will be added to all $25 and higher pledges. More pins can be added to your order once this item is unlocked. Please message me directly to arrange this.
LOCKED $1700 Stretch Goal 3: 5x7 print of Morning will be added to all $25 and up orders. More prints can be added to your order once this item is unlocked. Please message me directly to arrange this.
Morning is concept art for the Little Mermaid book. This scene is shortly after she becomes human. Her legs pain her, her hair is no longer glowing white, and her prince finds her on the shore thinking she is a poor shipwrecked survivor.
LOCKED $2000 Stretch Goal 4: Updated rewards. Rescue and Morning prints will increase in size from a 5x7 print to a 8x10 print. The pin will now glow in dark! More pins and prints can be added to your order once this item is unlocked. Please message me directly to arrange this.
LOCKED $2700 Stretch Goal 5: Mermaid postcard pack. 5.5"x 4.3" postcards on 115lb premium glossy stock. Theses 5 illustrations are what led up to this Little Mermaid book project. I want to share them with you all together in this postcard pack. I'll post about each illustrations' process work and story when we get close to this stretch goal. More postcard packs can be added to your order once this item is unlocked. Please message me directly to arrange this.
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