Summer Drawing Challenge Day 10
Continuing my obsession with designing mer-people characters, I had an interesting conversation with my comic-jam friends tonight at our weekly get-together. I asked them what they thought about the ideas I’d put forth so far for the character designs. First we all agreed that I was being rather literal in my attempts to make believable merfolk, but my friends were willing to humour me in this. The first observation about the hair-vs-no-hair was that without the hair they might seem more alien than I wanted to portray them. If they were to be sympathetic characters, then they had to be closer to human, and it would help to have some semblance of floating hair, even if it was short and curly or even made of seaweed. Another person proposed the model of otters, in that they could have close-fitting hair all over. We discussed various iterations of this, including diving birds such as penguins. This seemed entirely reasonable to me, so I decided to try a merman with some of these attributes. I also am trying out a tail that is more like a seal’s flippers, in that it has individual “toes” and claws. His hands are also more like an otter’s front paws. And I gave him finny ears. The drawing is kind of rough because the idea is still quite rough; but I’d love to hear some feedback!