mermaid art

Custom Baby Mermaid Portrait Drawing


This week I finished a beautiful soft sleeping baby mermaid drawing in graphite, using mechanical pencils, as a custom commission for a lovely Mum of her gorgeous baby daughter. I’d previously drawn a portrait of my own daughter as a mermaid, which inspired this commission.


To begin I was supplied with several photographs of the baby girl asleep.  Due to the position of the sleeping child it was necessary to combine several elements from each photograph into one drawing and I had to “imagine to life” the body shape and posture.  To help with this aspect I took extra photographs of my own daughter lying in the same position, which I re-scaled to fit a younger child in the drawing.  Once I had the general body shape and position I was able to work on the shape of the mermaid tail.


I aimed to make the swirls and the trailing length of the mermaid tail a nice counter-balance and a flowing visual contrast to the horizontal length of the sleeping baby.  Once the outline was sketched out, I traced it onto the final piece of paper, which also allowed me to tweak the layout of the mermaid to be more centered on the page.


Using the photographs as a reference I began to sketch the details of her face and work on shading the mermaid scales.  I find if I can capture the likeness in the face to begin with, then the rest of the drawing comes together more easily.


The most time consuming aspect of this drawing was the tail and the scales which were all hand shaded with edge highlights.  I added darker shading afterwards to show shadows and to bring out the roundness of the tail.  I like to use an eraser to cut back into the pencil shading and create highlights on the skin and scales.  I also cut back into the pencil shading on the tail to create the fins and tail flutes, so they appear to be translucent.


This was a challenging but beautiful custom commission and I am really happy with how soft and sweet this one turned out to be!  All in all it took about 2 and a half weeks to complete this detailed 8×10 inch portrait.

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Destiny’s Cove Pirate & Mermaid Hand Painted Bracelet


This week I finished a new painting project for a wonderful customer in California, a romantic pirate and mermaid bracelet.  This was a new challenge from a design perspective, to have two figures in one small painting, and I spent some time researching pirates and tall ships before completing the design drawing! 🙂


I tweaked the size and the location of the pirate ship in the background so I could fit it on the width of the bracelet and used graphite paper to transfer the outline of the figures and details to the bare wood before I started painting.

The inside of the bracelet was painted with gold and the sea was painted primarily in greens with highlights of blue, to match one of my previous green mermaid pendants.  I focused on painting the mermaid first and capturing the shine in her hair using shades of gold, brown and yellow mixed with white.


Then I started painting the pirate and the beautiful mermaid tail.



After painting a few more details, like the tropical corals beneath her tail and some flying seagulls in the sunset it was time to give it several coats of high gloss varnish.



This piece is now Sold and is destined for a special red carpet event next year 🙂

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“Flying Fish Mermaid” Handpainted Mermaid Pendant


This morning I just finished painting this magical Flying Fish Mermaid art pendant on a large green and brown sea sediment jasper stone, with 100% Sterling Silver bail and trim.

This piece was based on an earlier drawing design of mine “Mermaid’s Drift”.


For the layout I printed out a very small resized version of the drawing and placed it on the pendant to decide the best position on the stone.  The design placement worked very well with the colours in the stone – it looked as though she was sitting on a ledge in the green sea.

Then I started painting the beautiful colours of wings, tail and body using acrylic paints.  It takes a few layers to build up the details.



The finished piece is highlighted in many fine golden brushstrokes, giving it a magical sparkle!


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Whale Song Hand Painted Mermaid Bracelet


Last night I finished painting this beautiful princess mermaid kissing a baby whale wood bracelet.  This gorgeous mermaid has long blue hair and a flowing blue tail with gold and iridescent blue highlights.  The inside of bracelet is painted a beautiful gold colour.

The design was based on my original drawing below.


I transferred the outline to the wood bracelet and painted the whole background a gorgeous bright blue colour, then started painting the whale first.  I wanted to give the baby whale a very soft, cute expression by focusing on her beautiful eye.



Next I started working on the face and hair of the mermaid.  At first it was difficult to capture the profile of her face accurately.  Painting in miniature can be tricky sometimes!  My first effort looked like this:


I wasn’t happy with the profile of her forehead, nose and chin, or her eyelashes so after some dedicated re-painting and painting and more painting, she came out looking like this, the finished bracelet:


I built up many thin layers of paint to give her skin more dimension and a soft pink colour.  Initially I tried more blue/purple shadows on her body and face but I found it just didn’t work for me so instead I used more pink/brown/light orange shades of paint to give her a nice “glow”.


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This bracelet is now SOLD.

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Art & Poetry of Mermaids Mini Book Release


I was so excited today to receive my new “Art & Poetry of Mermaids” mini books back from the printers – and they look gorgeous!  I spent quite a bit of time putting the layout together for these, selecting the most beautiful mermaid illustrations to go with each of the lovely poems.  And also deciding which illustration and poem to open with and finish with.

The booklet also includes two poems written by my mother, Joy Broughton, who sadly passed away in 2002 from breast cancer.  I think we would’ve had a great time collaborating together on an illustrated poetry book so this book is dedicated with much love to her 🙂




This booklet would be the perfect little gift for someone who loves mermaids!  You can purchase the book by itself from my Etsy shop here:

It’s also available in a Gift Set which includes a Mermaid Picture Pendant Necklace, which can be purchased here:

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“Seafoam Dreams” Hand Painted Mermaid Jasper Pendant


Yesterday I finished painting another dreaming mermaid on a stunning green Sea Sediment Jasper pendant.  This one of a kind miniature painting was based on my drawing “Tranquil Mermaid”.


The pendant is 5cm high and 4.5cm wide with a 100% Sterling Silver bail & trim.  This gorgeous mermaid was painted in acrylics and sealed with a beautiful high gloss varnish.  Her beautiful long curly hair and green flowing tail are highlighted with fine golden brushstrokes.



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Mermaid Cave Painting


I’ve been quiet on this blog lately but I have been busy working on a few art projects.  One I’ve just finished was started on the spur of the moment when I decided to grab this blank canvas that had been lying around the house and spontaneously start painting a magical underwater cave scene!  I wanted something calm and serene in beautiful light blue turquoise colours so I covered the canvas with some blues and greens.  Then I mixed the paint heavily with water and allowed some of the colour to drip and slide down the canvas to represent floating sea grass.  With a large rounded edge brush I made up a random border of cave like rocks and magical tendrils.


The scene needed something to bring it to life so I sketched up a little girl mermaid and transferred the outline to the canvas.  Her beautiful sparkling blonde hair and blue green flowing tail add a beautiful mysterious quality to the scene.  I filled the rest of the scene with fish and underwater plants and added some more details to the floating sea grasses.



And this is the finished version of the mermaid – hope you like it!


This painting is destined for a group fantasy art exhibition in March 2016.  I have plans to paint two more canvasses in the same style to make a set of three.  Lets see how I go! 🙂

“Deep Blue” Hand Painted Mermaid Jasper Pendant


Introducing my newest hand painted mermaid pendant “Deep Blue”.  She is painted in non-toxic acrylics on a beautiful blue sea sediment jasper stone, with 100% sterling silver bail and trim, and sealed with high gloss lacquer.  This is the first of my new jasper pendant collection.


The pendant length is approximately 6cm (not including length of bail), and the width is 4cm.

Her long flowing brown hair blends and flows with the colours in the jasper stone.


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“Mermaid’s Faith” Hand Painted Abalone Shell Mermaid Art Pendant


This is my latest hand painted mermaid art pendant.  It’s painted on a beautiful green polished abalone shell (approx. 4cm high) on a sterling silver plated necklace with (lab-created) green topaz stones.

As this shell was much smaller than usual, it took some time to decide what I could paint in such a small space.  The smaller the area, the less detail can be put into the painting, even with very fine paintbrushes.  In the end I created a cameo style mermaid portrait pendant, where I could still put a lot of detail into the face and hair .  I based my painting on this sketch:


The painting evolved into a redhead mermaid with long flowing hair.


I kept painting and she became a mermaid princess with branch corals and a starfish in her hair.



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Magic Under The Sea II Mermaid Bracelet

Magic Under Sea II

The latest mermaid bracelet in my collection “Magic Under The Sea II”.  This piece was developed from my initial design (below) based on a photograph of my daughter.


The outline of the mermaid and seahorse was transferred to the surface of the plain wood bracelet and the background and inside of the bracelet was painted in a gorgeous aqua blue.



Her face, hair and torso were painted first, then her mermaid tail and the seahorse.  The background was filled in with a variety of sea corals and anemones in bright tropical colours.

Gold stars surround the mermaid and seahorse, showing the magic of their friendship.  Above them the water ripples sparkle in the sun.  The whole bracelet was sealed with multiple coats of high gloss lacquer.

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This piece was created at the request of a client and is now SOLD but if you’d like to see more of my art please visit my Etsy shop: