The RAWartists: Mosaic show Wednesday night was super fun! I got to meet and talk to lots of cheerful and supportive people who enjoyed my work. Thanks to my friends and family who made time in their busy schedule to come see me!

A HUGE thank you also goes out to all of the people who made this happen, including but not limited to Dayna Melton (the awesome director in charge of the whole package deal), Tim Fulton (the fabulous and genial host), and DJ Moxy (the AWESOME DJ!).

Official videos and photos including my interview will be posted in a few weeks after they’re edited and processed.

Can you explain what a domestic mermaid is? Like people keep mermaids in tanks?

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I’m glad you asked because this is kind of a weird topic I was trying to work out with my book. I’m still figuring out how exactly I want to address this but this is what I’ve worked out so far.

Domestic mermaids are, like the name implies, mermaid species that were once wild and are now domesticated or “tame.” Wild mermaids (which are a later part of the book) have the average torso size of a human while domestic mermaids are much smaller, ranging from the size of your hand to an arm or slightly longer, but do not grow much larger than that. Domestic mermaids are still just as intelligent as wild mermaids. The only things that set them apart are their size, certain physical characteristics, and their temperament. I discussed the size difference already. Wild mermaids tend to show more fishlike characteristics such as having webbed fingers, different skin coloration, higher scale to skin ratio, etc. Domestic mermaids have more human characteristics such as a more natural skin tone, smaller gills and fins, and no webbed fingers. And their temperament is much more easy-going in comparison to wild mermaids who are more wary or aggressive towards humans.

Domestic mermaids are less like pets and more like companions. I’m thinking of creating a special organization that strictly manages the sale and distribution of mermaids. If someone is thinking of caring for one, they must meet certain criteria to house one. So it’s more like an adoption rather than buying one at the pet store. In other words, not anyone can buy one and stick it in a bowl at home. They can be kept in aquariums, but these must be large enough to provide adequate moving space and mental stimulation. Most of them are kept in ponds or something similar as long as the environment is appropriate (heating, filtration, aeration, etc.). Unlike aquarium fish in real life, in this fictional universe, you can actually ask your mermaid if she needs something and she can answer you, which makes caring for them a lot easier. :p

Then there’s the issue of this practice being inhuman and cruel because mermaids are sentient and intelligent and should not be kept in captivity. So I was also considering making up an organization that opposes the idea of keeping them, kind of like animal rights but with mermaids.

The idea of keeping a sentient creature is kind of weird, and I can definitely see both sides of this idea. But remember that this is all fiction, so I don’t believe any one side is better than the other. I’m mostly making this book so I can illustrate all sorts of different mermaid types, and I need a somewhat adequate classification system. There are 3 categories so far:

Domestic: currently in progress and discussed here
Docile: mermaids that do not mind humans and/or are non-threatening
Deadly: mermaids that can and may eat humans

Thanks for asking! Sorry if I wrote you a novel instead of a simple answer. :p I hope this answers your questions at least. If anyone else has any other questions or comments about the book, please feel free to ask!

The Mermaid Manual: Cory Catfish
One of the mermaids from the domestic species section for my upcoming book, The Mermaid Manual. Based on the peppered corydoras I have in my aquarium at home. ♥
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The Mermaid Manual: Cory Catfish

One of the mermaids from the domestic species section for my upcoming book, The Mermaid Manual. Based on the peppered corydoras I have in my aquarium at home. ♥

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Sketches for the next mermaid (and one of my personal favorite species), the betta, or Siamese fighting fish.

I did some research into their origins to help dictate my mermaid’s appearance, similar to what I did for the koi. Bettas originate from the area around Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. I looked into traditional Thai clothing and learned that a lot of their culture is based around Hinduism so much of their traditional clothing looks very Indian. I used the headdress to emphasize the flaring of the gill fins.

I also looked into Thai martial arts styles to also emphasize the fighting nature of the fish. Her stance and the wraps on her hands and arms are from “muay boran,” the umbrella term used to describe Thai forms of martial arts, primarily boxing.

The first two sketches are me figuring out exactly what I wanted to do, and the other one is the spliced image of the two.

EDIT: Oh, I also forgot to mention, I know that male bettas have the long, colorful fins while females have shorter, less saturated finnage, but I purposeful went with a male appearance even though my mermaid is female. I won’t have male mermaids in this series, so I cheated a little bit here. Someone reblogged me and commented about this, and I completely forgot to mention it here. p: Whoops.

I’ve had this sitting around in my drafts for a while. I’ve decided not to pursue this project, so I’ll just post the sketch I had.
I thought I’d try doing another painting of Twilight Sparkle after my last attempt was a bit of a disaster. I went more straightforward, less abstract this time around. I still want to have a design element to it without it being too “uncanny” or “creepy”. But I fell out of love with the fandom a while ago, so I’m discontinuing this project.

I’ve had this sitting around in my drafts for a while. I’ve decided not to pursue this project, so I’ll just post the sketch I had.

I thought I’d try doing another painting of Twilight Sparkle after my last attempt was a bit of a disaster. I went more straightforward, less abstract this time around. I still want to have a design element to it without it being too “uncanny” or “creepy”. But I fell out of love with the fandom a while ago, so I’m discontinuing this project.

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Hello, good people of Tumblr and all art lovers! You haven’t heard from me on the blog before, so a quick introduction: I’m Marissa. I graduated from CCAD last May (hard to believe it’s been nearly a year) and have been working on the Creative Services team at Victoria’s Secret as their…

A great post for my fellow graduating classmates! And for anyone who needs a helpful piece of advice. I know I really needed to hear this. :) I’ve gone through about three identity crises so far this semester, haha.