This week's Illustration Friday prompt is "ocean." Please excuse the scanner artifacts. In the end, I just opted to post despite them. The important thing is doing the art, and I need to not agonize over the digital image to put up. I have a fondness for mermaids and naiads, so I decided to step a little out of my comfort zone by relying less on a single reference image.
It turns out that much like last week, a number of people had similar ideas about directions involving merpeople. In particular, I really loved this sweet mergirl and this lovesick octomaid.
These things seem to go in cycles, but at the moment I have a number of women in my life who are expecting new additions to their families. I wanted to do something more with the radiant beauty of a woman carrying new life. Apparently my vision of merpeople bear live young.