Have You Gotten Your #Mermay On?

Art can sometimes be a bit of a paradox. Because sure, we artists draw and paint and create because we love it. But when we’re both the artist and our own critic – which we often are – it can be hard to actually get started. That’s why Inktober was so great in the Fall. It encouraged creatives to get out there (er, stay in and sit down) and just make something.

“Trust No Mermaid” by Silvio Laerte Pequeno da Rocha

Well if you too are craving something like Inktober, you’re in luck! Because here to lead us from spring to summer is May’s very own version of it: MerMay!

Kinda like the other best May pun – the Justin Timberlake “It’s gonna be May!” meme – it’s exactly what it sounds like: draw Mermaids and Mermen!

There are a few different artists and zines doing the Mermay challenge – including Animator Island and the Character Design Challenge (CDChallenge) by the webzine Character Design Reference – which all have different perks. But the main perk? Art practice and a great excuse to draw mermaids nonstop for an entire month (not that you ever need an excuse for that, tbh).

We still have little bit of May time left, so jump on the #Mermay fun while you can, and share your mermaid photos here in the comments and on social with the hashtag #Mermay! (The urge to say, “go and MerMAKE something” was super strong, good thing I didn’t drop it in somewhere…)

In the meantime, check out these amazing examples from Instagram!

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Via heikala’s Instagram
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MermRey? StingRey? The pun force is strong with this one…Via Ashley Taylor’s Instagram
Via Macromushroom’s Instagram
Via Jake Parker’s Instagram
Via jcarillo84’s Instagram
Via FoxofSnow’s Instagram
Via Happipaper’s Instagram
Via Rotundasurf’s Instagram
Via Middleofaparkbench’s Instagram
Via Eltoras’s Instagram
Via stinarahm’s Instagram
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Via skylaara’s Instagram
Via cocoacover’s Instagram
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Via natesc_’s Instagram
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Via samborchardart’s Instagram
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Via sketchbook’s Instagram

Featured image is “Nudibranch” by Isabella Rotman

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Carlyn Hill

Dad joke aficionado, cartoonist, & contributor for sites like HelloGiggles and The Mary Sue by night. When I'm not writing or drawing, you can find me in my cave of a room hanging out with my boyfriend, Netflix.