Artist Illustrated 30 Mermaids For Two Years And Here Is The Eerie Yet Whimsical Result

My Zero Mermaid

According to Jana Heidersdorf: “About two years ago I decided to start a weekly drawing challenge for myself: To do one mermaid every week until I have a full 100 (and then make them into a book, but that’s another story). As I am getting oh so very close to my goal (I’m at mermaid drawing number 97 right now!)

All these cool drawings are created with graphite pencils and colored digitally. If some textures look like watercolor to you, though, then you are not wrong. Throughout the series, my process has undergone some slight changes, including drenching the mermaid images with liquid paint once in a while.

‘But why mermaids’, you ask. ‘Are there not enough of them on the Internet already? Them mythological creatures with their luxurious hair and splishy-splashy tails?’

That is a good question, friend. I find mermaids a fascinating subject exactly because they are ubiquitous in fairytales and pop culture. We all have a certain image ingrained in our minds when we think of what a mermaid looks like, so it’s not only a challenge to come up with new drawing ideas, but it is more fun since we all have some common ground to start from.”

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Serra Lubrica

This mermaid is using her extraordinarily long tail to shield herself from outward influences and danger. Slime glands render her unappealing and poisonous to predators.

Serra Medusa

Don’t be fooled by this mermaid’s delicate appearance. Her translucent tentacles are reaching far, keeping predators and nosy scientists at arm’s length. Her touch can cause strong inflammations and death, earning her the name ‘Black Widow of the Deep’.

Sedna Inanis

This solitary spirit haunts the Northern Pacific and Arctic Ocean, restlessly collecting and stealing the souls of every animate creature she comes across, eternally trying to fill the void of her own existence.

Sirena Sancta

The locations of this species’ sightings vary widely. The appearances never seem to last more than a few seconds and it has yet to be determined whether we are dealing with a single or multiple entities. Her ethereal and fleeting shape has led to the formation of the Siren’s Church, a cult worshipping her as the embodiment of an angel.

Serra Agnatha

This sea floor dwelling mermaid has developed excellent tools for both feeding and protecting herself. Slime producing glands make her unappealing to predators, while her toothy mouth comes in handy when dismantling and eating her prey.

Serra Communia

It is highly improbable for this mermaid to survive on her own. At some point she has joined forces with a so far unidentified species of fish, forming what appears to be one creature. Evolution has taken on strange forms and this is surely one of them.

Sirena Quieto

This mermaid is taking playing dead to a whole new level. Her skeletal, weathered appearance, cold blood, slow metabolism and barely detectable heartbeat will fool predators and prey alike.

Serra Monoceras

Somewhere between humanity believing in unicorns and denying the existence of narwhals, this shy creature has been roaming the depths of the Arctic Sea for centuries, unnoticed and undisturbed.

Serra Papilio

Even though sightings have been rare, several varieties of this colourful species have been spotted mingling with the flora and fauna of the coral reefs close to the Chagos Archipelago. Nolarger than the span of a hand, this mermaid is easily mistaken for a brightly coloured fish or sea anemone.

Serra Hortus

Half plant, half mammal: This mermaid is an eco system in herself.

Serra Teuthida

This creature will make use of a heavy fog of ink to protect herself from curious eyes as well as to distract and poison her prey.

Serra Chlorophyta

The hair of this mermaid produces a steady amount of oxygen in the water around her while also serving as a filter for small organisms.

Gorgóna Gorgóna

This mermaid seems to have sprung directly from Greek mythology, living in perfect symbiosis with snakelike water creatures that have attached themselves to her head. Sharing prey and predators alike, they are an effective combination.

Serra Ramosa

Places where these creatures gather are known as ‘siren forests’ due to this mermaid’s arboreal appearance. Her branches form a vital part of her life support system, supplying her with oxygen and nutritions.

Fiji Mermaid

The discovery of a living specimen begs the question whether Barnum’s mummified body of a mermaid, long believed to be nothing but a hoax just as the copies which were in circulation after its destruction in the 1860s, may actually have been the real thing.

Sirena Velum

The dark bride of the ocean has a carnivorous approach to life, haunting the deep seas and feeding on smaller lifeforms.

Sirena Volatus

So far it remains questionable whether this sea creature is actually capable of flight. Instead she has been observed to use her wings for both protection and communicational purposes.

Serra Sphyrna

Roaming the depths of the Indian Ocean, this mermaid is a skilled hunter and surprisingly nimble swimmer. Usually eager to avoid humans, she is only a danger to especially yummy stingrays.

Serra Crusta

The value of this mermaid’s eyes has only been increasing with the steady decline of her species in recent years. Her shells may have proven to offer solid protection against natural predators, but lack effectivity in the face of human greed.

Serra Pellucidum

Due to her seemingly crystalline body, this elusive species of mermaid is hard to spot amidst the darkness of the deep sea.

Sirena Divisa

So far this is the only species of mermaid known to have developed two tails.

Gorgóna Eucrante

Observed only in this rare Mediterranean variety of mermaid, research still has to disclose whether this curious application of hair tresses is biologically determined or a habit acquired over time due to circumstance.

Serra Servata

This creature keeps a living supply of smaller fish and marine animals in a balloon like cavity, enabling her to travel long distances regardless of hunting opportunities and food availability.

Sirena Lucerna

Once in a while this deep sea creature rises to the surface to lure unassuming swimmers astray with its bioluminescent glow.

Serra Teneris

There is no explanation as to what keeps this delicate mermaid alive or even keep its form. In groups of up to 200 individuals these beautiful creatures drift aimlessly through our oceans, leaving behind nothing but questions.

Serra Vela

This mermaid’s dorsal fins have developed in a unique way that enables them to catch the wind similarly to a sail. Thus she travels both underwater and adrift on the surface.

Sirena Somniculosus

This mermaid has been responsible for the fates of a great many seduced sailors. Her tail is mimicking the shape of a human body to lure in prey. Having succeeded in her ventures she will then proceed to feed on the naive soul trying to mate with her behind. It is unknown why this species seems to have specialized in the consumption of human males.

Serra Gladius

This mermaid knows how to keep unwanted company at nose length.

Serra Macrourida

This arctic deep sea mermaid dies shortly after spawning. Her corpse then serves as protection and food for her eggs and hatchlings.

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“Suburbia”: The Melancholic and Mythological Artworks by Carlos Barahona Possollo

Degree in Painting, final mark of 18/20, from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Lisbon University. In 1995 Carlos Barahona Possollo accepted an invitation to teach at the Faculty. He had read Architecture at the Technical University of Lisbon from 1986 to 1989.

He was officially commissioned to paint the Portrait of the Portuguese president Cavaco Silva, shown at the Presidents’ Gallery permanent collection in the Museum of the Presidency of the Republic, since 2016. Since 1995 he has been co-operating with the Portuguese Mail in the production of originals for the printing of stamps, notably their commemorative series of the 500th anniversary of Vasco da Gama’s arrival in India (1996-98), and also with the Portuguese edition of the National Geographic Magazine (first nine issues).

His works can be found in private collections in Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy – most notably, of many in this country, in that of Prince Jonathan Doria- Pamphilj – The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, U S A and Argentina. Also, in public collections such as the Vatican (IOR), The White House, the Bank of Portugal, the Portuguese Museum of Communications, The Setubal Museum, and the Union of Portuguese Speaking Capital Cities.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/suburbia-the-melancholic-and-mythological-artworks-by-carlos-barahona-possollo/

Artist Creates Mind-Blowing 3D Visuals on The Border of Cyber Culture and Mythology

“3D visual artist who create futuristic and emotional art style .The problem in life never stop but you can find peace in art.” – SAN LIMØ.

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“Namaha”: The Mythologic India In Stunning Illustrations By Abhishek Singh

Abhishek Singh‘s work is acclaimed worldwide for its unique style and storytelling. His critically acclaimed book Krishna – A Journey Within for Image comics is the first graphic novel by a writer/artist of Indian origin to be published in the history of American comics. Recently, for Wevr, L.A., he provided art direction for the first virtual reality film of its kind for Deepak Chopra. He is currently working on his new graphic novel and film project.

More: Abhishek Singh, Instagram h/t: geekart

Born of an innate sense of kalpana (imagination) and arduous sadhana (spiritual discipline), Abhishek’s work is a bridge between the drawn temporal and the sacred meta physical. Fantasy drapes a primordial storyteller through the wide range of mediums he explores: oil and acrylic paintings, ink and brush drawings, virtual and animated pieces, graphic novels, comics and art books. His stories transport the experiencer to other realms of the ultimate world, ranging from original futuristic fables to reimaginings of mythological stories from India.










































































SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/07/namaha-the-mythologic-india-in-stunning-illustrations-by-abhishek-singh/

Amazing Illustrations by John Bauer in the Early 20th Century

Dag and Daga, and the Flying Troll of Sky Mountain, 1907

Born 1882 in Jönköping, Swedish painter and illustrator traveled throughout Lappland, Germany and Italy early in his career, and these cultures deeply informed his work. He painted and illustrated in a romantic nationalistic style, in part influenced by the Italian Renaissance and Sami cultures.

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Dag and Daga, and the Flying Troll of Sky Mountain, 1907

Bauer’s work is concerned with landscape and mythology, but he also composed portraits. He is best known for his illustrations of early editions of Bland tomtar och troll (Among Gnomes and Trolls), an anthology of Swedish folklore and fairy tales.

Dag and Daga, and the Flying Troll of Sky Mountain, 1907

Most of Bauer’s works are watercolors or prints in monochrome or muted colours; he also produced oil paintings and frescos. His illustrations and paintings broadened the understanding and appreciation of Swedish folklore, fairy tales and landscape.

Dag and Daga, and the Flying Troll of Sky Mountain, 1907

When Bauer was 36, he drowned, together with his wife Ester and their son Bengt, in a shipwreck on Lake Vättern in southern Sweden in 1918.

A set of amazing illustrations is part of his work that John Bauer painted in the 1900s and 1910s.

Dag and Daga, and the Flying Troll of Sky Mountain, 1907

The Seven Wishes, 1907

Giant, 1909

The Giant Who Slept for Ten Thousand Years, circa 1910s

The Old Troll of Big Mountain, circa 1910s

The Prince Without a Shadow, 1910

The Troll Ride, 1910

The Maiden in the Castle of Rosy Clouds, 1911

Bella’s Glorious Adventure, 1912

Here is a piece of magic herb for you. Something only I can find. The boy who was never afraid, 1912

Humpe climbed up on his lap, 1912

Little boy and Troll, 1912

She Kissed the Bear on the Nose, 1912

The Boy Who Was Never Afraid, 1912

The Magician’s Cape, 1912

A Forest Troll, 1913

Humpe in the Woods, 1913

Leap the Elk and Little Princess Cottongrass, 1913

Leap the Elk and Little Princess Cottongrass, 1913

Leap the Elk and Little Princess Cottongrass, 1913

The Changelings, 1913

The Changelings, 1913

The Changelings, 1913

The Magician’s Cape, 1914

The Queen’s Pearl Necklace, 1914

The Queen’s Pearl Necklace, 1914

The Ring, 1914

The Ring, 1914

When Mother Troll Took in the King’s Washing, 1914

When Mother Troll Took in the King’s Washing, 1914

Bland Tomtar och Troll-2, 1915

Bland Tomtar och Troll-2, 1915

Bland Tomtar och Troll-2, 1915

Bland Tomtar och Troll-2, 1915

Bland Tomtar och Troll-2, 1915

Trolls and princess, 1915

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/05/amazing-illustrations-by-john-bauer-in-the-early-20th-century/

The Ordinary Life of Anubis, a God of Death, in Melancholic Illustrations by Joanna Karpowicz

There’s a mystery in each of these intriguing paintings, pulling you into their depths. The figure of Anubis seems to be an outsider waiting to participate in each painting’s story – like yourself as an observer of the image. There’s an entire narrative waiting for the viewer in every picture, and the strangeness of each scene provokes questions in your mind as to what is (or could be) unfolding.

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These Ancient Greek and Roman Art Tattoos are Amazing

mrtstucklife is an incredible tattoo artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. The artists works out the Stucklife studio and where he has become well known for his hyperrealistic, black and white style. More: Stucklife, Instagram h/

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