Monday, January 10, 2011


I'm doing this personal project on ugly mermaids.  I swear I am not doing this mermaid thing on purpose!  I've never really drawn them until the last few years.

"Agatha doesn't have very much hair..."
"Dorris kind of looks like an elephant seal..."
"Cynthia wants to fall in love..."
"Maybelle has a terrible voice..."

I made a short poem of around 28 lines about these ugly mermaids.  Mermaids are supposed to be beautiful, and these ones are not!


Anonymous said...

awwwwsooooome :D It's great to see them traditionally colored, they look really beautiful (and ugly at the same time...?)

Courtney Garvin said...

Britt! these are AMAZING!!! watercolour? fuckkkk!!!

touet said...

You should sell your Cintiq and devote yourself to watercolor ugly mermaids illustrations or other things but keep on traditional medium. :)
It's impressive your control over the watercolor, great washes and tones! How big are they? They look funny, they look ugly, they look lovely, in their ugliness :), but overall they look pro. It would be a great book if you decided to go for it. Are they sisters? I know it's close to a cliche, but there would be so many funny situations. Check Bill Peet, old illustrator, you may like it. Keep working and never give up!

Britt Sanborn said...

why would i EVER sell my cintiq? but thanks