Everything You Need to Know to Draw a Merman!

The Merman

The Merman

Just Like a Mermaid Only Manlier

It’s been dead round these parts, so we’re resurrecting a favorite from the archives! I like to assume everyone knows what a merman is but just in case:

  • Part man part fish, we let you decide the proportions but generally its the legs that go fishy
  • Often illustrated to have green seaweed-like hair, a beard, and a trident
  • Irish versions are described as extremely ugly creatures with pointed green teeth, pig-like eyes, green hair, and a red nose while Finnish versions are handsome strong and magical (we all know the truth is somewhere in the middle)
  • Mermen, much like mermaids can sing a beautiful song meant to lure sailors to their doom, summon storms etc!
    • We already did this guy way back in 2013 so I figure I’ll give you a gallery of the old mermen for inspiration and simply ask that you go to town!
      You’ve got til the 20th (420 even)… And you can’t win if you don’t draw! So get going!

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The Merman 2018 Entry # 1

The Merman 2018 Entry # 1

You know it’s more then possible that decade plus of working with nudy magazine pics broke me a lil! And while the lil sidefins were supposed to just be lil sidefins… I’m not entirely sure that they don’t elude to seaweed pubes!

The Merman 2018 Entry # 2

The Merman 2018 Entry # 2

Man I will never tire of the ol’ swaparoo! As are artist noted on submission, it’s really more of a ManMer, but hey who’s counting? Speaking of counting… is he pretending to work a desk job?

The Merman 2018 Entry # 3

The Merman 2018 Entry # 3

Yessss! Man I have no idea whats going on here but i know that’s the best trident I’ve seen in years, and the third eye makes me fear his mind… question though, do two tails work like exhaust pipes so he’s even more manly? or are those like suction cup ended bio dredges? I mean they work either way, so who cares right!

The Merman 2018 Entry # 4

The Merman 2018 Entry # 4

Man good crayons on these last two! No the real question is just a stay at home merman playing pass the olympic torch with his kids… or a horrific story of loss and how an ordinary merfamily struggles to find their way through life while their mom slowly digests in the belly of a shark?

The Merman 2018 Entry # 5

The Merman 2018 Entry # 5

Haha so I want to talk about the everyday merman, his whack mag and his trusty best merfriend… but I can’t seem to get past that ghost image of a spirit falcon emerging from his chest hair!

The Merman 2018 Entry # 6

The Merman 2018 Entry # 6

Those squared off fish suited shoulders just make me happy and credit for a composition that actually draws you in and through! And not sure if its the spent can of fish, or just the overall other-worldliness of the full picture but I find this entertainingly disquieting!