I’m finally getting back to working on mermaids! It’s been too long so it was refreshing to do these doodles.
I had the idea of making a mascot-type character for The Mermaid Manual as well as for when I just want to draw mermaids for fun outside of the book. I named her Mina (mee-nah) from the Sanskrit मीना which supposedly means “fish” though this may be inaccurate.
I knew right away that I didn’t want her to reflect a specific species but something that was ambiguous and/or a combination instead. I worked on some silhouette thumbnails to get an idea of what I want her overall shape to look like before tackling the details. I’m going to go with something like the bottom two in the second image.