#MerMay #4. The Hamanereid lures prey with its array of membranous, barbed tentacles, which it then despatches with a fatal sting. A hamanereid has enough venom to fell a walrus in one stroke if it chooses, though seldom has need of such a quantity.
I have a spread in the Illustrator’s Notebook spot of the current issue of Illustration Magazine (UK, Spring 2016, Issue 47).
(Please click the image to open it out to full view.)
Thank you so much to Linda Owen-Lloyd of Children’s Book Illustration for suggesting this feature, and to Ruth Prickett, the magazine’s editor!
#MerMay is the creation of animator, Tom Bancroft, and is a challenge whereby one posts a mermaid drawing each day for the month of May.
Now, anyone who knows me at all knows that it is entirely impossible for me to complete this challenge to its fullest condition, even had I no other work to do but to simply draw a mermaid every day. So my contribution to this would be to try and do one whenever I can squeeze it in for the month.
Of course, having once dipped my tail in, I find myself completely carried away by my first piece. I originally aimed for a sketchy sort of drawing and never meant to get this far. And having got this far, I’m not actually sure I like it.