This new artwork is of a gothic style mermaid. It was inspired by the rugged sea cliffs and gothic connection of Whitby, a small coastal town in the UK. I enjoyed designing the character and setting for this picture. I like to give the hint of a story with many of my artworks and get the viewer thinking. Here I hope it is a little ambiguous. Is the mermaid mourning the loss of these dead sailors? Or has she lured them to their deaths to add to her skull collection!?
I usually paint female characters wearing a little more clothing, but traditionally mermaids don't wear any clothes and I am not a fan of giving them sea shell bikinis and such like. So I have made do with a see-through shawl and some well placed hair
Thanks to *mjranum-stock
and model Cordula, for the use of the photograph that I used as reference when painting the figure.