Today, "The Little Mermaid" (and all mermaids) still continue to capture the hearts of illustrators and artists alike unleashing a wide range of perceptions for mermaid appearances. Creating the unseen, mythical, and magical always draws out the fun in art. There are no limitations for the imagination, so I encourage you to try out something mythical to bring out your artist side this summer! I hope you enjoy this arrangement of mermaid artwork.
‘The Little Mermaid’
by Jeannie Harbour (1932)
for the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.
The Little Mermaid illustrations by Charles Santore
|By Claire Fletcher|
|The Little Mermaid illustration by Charles Birmingham|
These two pieces above are also adaptations of The Little Mermaid by illustrator Rie Crammer.
Vintage Mermaid Decals
I love the face details in this piece below:
You might be wondering why this line-up of mermaids artwork seems out of place. This category of art is known as character design. Character design artists have close ties to concept artists, illustrators, and storyboard artists. These artists specifically draw people- "characters," that might take on a role in some form of animation, story illustration, video game, etc... This piece above may not be for character design. However, I am pretty sure it follows a similar nature. Character design artwork rarely has a detailed background if any. The focus is solely on the character. Mediums and art styles vary for character design providing a lot of artistic freedom. I have always thought these artists have some of the most fun in their work. The colors, simplicity, and doodle-like qualities of character design art truly evoke the imagination. As you can see, realism is not a defining factor from the size proportions, scales, and other attributes of the mermaids. If you enjoy this type of art style above, I have more images saved on my "Concept Art" board on Pinterest.
|By Gabby Zapata|
|By Lissy Marlin|
|Mingjue Helen Chen|
|By David Cochard|
|The Little Mermaid illustration by Dorothy Lathrop|
|By CaseyRobinArt on Etsy|
|By Scott Gustafson|
I hope you enjoyed this mermaid collection! Have a wonderful summer!