Draw a Mermaid, Win an iPad Pro
Draw a mermaid for our design challenge and you have a chance at winning an iPad Pro or a one-year Creative Cloud subscription. Never drawn a mermaid? Our simple tutorial will get you started.
For the third year running, character animator Tom Bancroft has issued a challenge—#MerMay—inviting creatives to post a new mermaid drawing every day in May. Even if you’re not up for a daily illustration, we’d like to see you try your hand at creating a fishy friend. Draw a mermaid, merman, or some new combination that features a tail and fins.
To help you bring your ideas to life in Adobe Photoshop CC or Photoshop Sketch on your mobile tablet, you can download (for free!) our specially curated, mermaid-inspired brush pack from Kyle Webster. Share your drawing with Adobe Drawing on Facebook or Twitter, and you just may win an iPad Pro!
#MERMAY DESIGN CHALLENGE INSTRUCTIONS
Here's how to enter:
- Design an original mermaid in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Sketch, or Adobe Draw.*
- You're welcome to use Kyle Webster’s new MerMay brushes.
- If entering on Twitter: Share your design with @AdobeDrawing using the hashtags #mermay #contest or
- If entering on Facebook: Share your design with Adobe Drawing in the comments thread of the MerMay announcement post.
* You must use Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Sketch, or Adobe Draw in your creative process, but you can also use any other Creative Cloud app to finish your work. You're welcome to use any document size as long as Twitter or Facebook accepts the image.
Share your submissions by Tuesday, May 15, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time for a chance to win a 12.9-inch iPad Pro or a one-year subscription to Creative Cloud. Read the full terms and conditions.
HOW DO I DRAW A MERMAID?
Art is subjective. There’s no wrong or right method, workflow, or technique. And techniques may change depending on your style—from realism to hyper-cute anime. In this short tutorial, I’ll show you how to make the basic shapes of a mer-creature, which you can pose and finish in any style you like.
The teardrop shape will be her upper torso. Imagine if you twisted the teardrop like a piece of clay to follow the lazy body line. Start from the head, with the teardrop’s pinched end at the top and the round bottom of the teardrop touching the waist line.
What’s next? That’s up to you. We want to see your mermaid. But here are a few more tips to make things easier:
If you erase edges of your lineart, it can begin to look lumpy. Instead of erasing, use Undo and try the whole line again. And again. And again! Keep trying until you get a smooth, solid stroke.