Hunting down the last mermaids.
A painting study that took a very elaborate turn. It’s my first time fitting so many characters in a single composition. The second image you see is how the model posed, versus what I managed to finish painting during the class. I worked on the background between yesterday and today. I still need to work on my textures a little bit but I am overall satisfied with the result.
The process gif skips soooo many steps though lol. I swear I reworked each mermaid like three times, I just couldn’t get their faces to look right no matter how much I tried!
As I was working on this piece I was thinking about fishermen or coastal cities with archaic customs like whaling, or even having to fish illegally because of their dire living conditions. it’s very sad that us, humans, are fishing so many species to extinction because of deeply-rooted traditions, or sheer desperation to keep ourselves and our families alive. It’s a very tough world out there, with no easy solutions in sight.