Character Design: Create your own Mermaids

"Under the sea, under the sea, darling it's better, down where it's wetter…" If you know the lyrics I’m sure that you couldn’t help reading it as if you were singing the famous song of this well-known fantasy character. Do you want to learn to draw a mermaid? What about being inspired by other marine animals to create your imaginary creature? Join us in this course and you'll be more than ready to draw amazing mermaids. Are you in?

About the course

In this course, we'll be applying to our mermaids some basic concepts of anatomy. As you know, the union between two different species makes it necessary to adapt our characters' design to a different body. We'll be also working with a limited color palette and learning some tips on drawings and compositions in order to create mermaids which could  be perfectly used as concept art for videogames. 

What project are we going to develop?

What we'll be doing is creating a mermaid basing ourselves on well-known aquarium fishes, it is, we'll be using their color palette. Our main task, then, will be picking up a fish and trying to find the best way to reflect its personality on our mermaid. After that, we're going to use the image we took as a reference to create the color palette. Once all this is done, we'll only need to do our best and add our fantastic illustration to our portfolio. 

What you'll learn

  • Developing humans' and fishes' anatomy and learning different ways to represent a fish's tail.
  • The history behind mermaids' graphic references over time. 
  • Coloring our drawing with different layers and filters. 
  • Creating fantasy girls to represent your dream mermaid. ;)

Who is this course for? Requisites

This course is for all of you who want to improve your drawing skills and who are curious about creating mermaids. Whether you want to improve your knowledge of mermaids' anatomy, something quite complex since they are hybrid beings, or whether you want to work with a color palette based on a single picture, this course is for you. In addition,  we'll aso try not to be afraid of using a single layer thanks to the different options in Photoshop to save pictures.

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Course Details

Intermediate level 58m 11 lessons 167 users


Adobe Photoshop Adobe Photoshop


Carlota Martinez-Pantoja Bernal
Carlota Martinez-Pantoja Bernal
Carlota Martinez-Pantoja Bernal Teacher

Carlota MPB, MONKEYBARK, illustrator. A fan of Disney Studios and Cartoon Network, she studied illustration for two years at the San Telmo School of Art in Málaga, Spain. Before that, she started to learn how to draw of her own accord to try and follow her childhood dream of becoming an artist and specializing in character design. Although, she delves into other areas too, like concept art and animation, having recently collaborated in the latest video clip of the Spanish singer El Kanka.

To learn more, visit https://monkeybark.carbonmade.com/