MerMAYzing May!

We head under the sea for the month of May!

mermaid happydesigner

It’s May and in the UK summer feels like it’s just around the corner! Inspired by the “MerMayDay” hashtag on Instagram we thought we’d have a little look at the mermaid images we have drawn, and maybe inspire you to draw them yourself!

What is a Mermaid?

Once upon a time it was very dangerous to travel by sea. These days we have lovely coffee lounges, restaurants, shops and even swimming pools on our boats! Even working boats, like the ones fisher-people use to catch fish, or the ones lifeguards use, are made to be as safe as possible. But it used to be the case that going out to sea could be your final journey. Food became hard to come by, and usually a diet of ship’s biscuits, gruel and some water were all you could look forward to after a hard day’s sailing. Storms and bad weather could really knock even big ships about, so naturally sailors became very superstitious. They weren’t very keen on having females on board as they were seen to be bad luck. Can you believe that?! Mermaids were actually associated with bad luck and storms at sea, and sailors often called then “Sirens”; ladies who could sing your boats onto the rocks the mermaid were singing from. These “sirens” go right back to Greek mythology.

happydesigner mermaid

Mermaids were usually depicted as beautiful women who had lovely, long flowing hair and yet had no legs; they had fish tails! One of the most famous mermaids is The Little Mermaid. She was created by Hans Christian Anderson. The story follows a young mermaid who sacrifices her fish tail in order to live as a human and marry the man she falls in love with. You may know the Disney film, where Ariel, the redheaded young mermaid, falls in love with Eric, a swashbuckling prince. A few evil sea creatures try to stop them falling in love, but Ariel becomes human, captivates the young prince and (spoiler alert!) they live happily ever after. But have you ever read the original story? The story is a little darker, and has a very different ending! It’s a very interesting fairy tale, and has been examined many times over the years. A statue of The Little Mermaid is in Copenhagen, where the story was written.

happydesigner mermaid


Mermaids have long captured the imaginations of young children, and being able to draw them in picture books is a particular joy. Of course, mermen also exist, and there have been many mermen drawn and written about over the years. But the enduring image of mermaids and sirens singing from rocks to wreck ships remains a constant source of intrigue for humans, and is a fascinating story for children. So whilst we pop a few images on our Instagram, twitter and Facebook pages, perhaps you’ll be inspired to write your own mermaid story, make your own mermaid tail or create your own underwater world!

happydesigner mermaid

A few of my previous clients

Design against furSt Ives Memory BayEden ProjectSkyRespect for animalsPets at HomeSt Moritz Hotel

  • "Sarah understood what I was looking for and produced a fantastic logo for me.  She is very approachable and friendly – I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her” Katie Jarvis, Fancy Prints

  • Sarah is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable, she delivered 100% with a new logo that was spot on! We can't recommend her enough!” - Lucy @ Get Active

  • "WOW! Love it! I'm so happy with what you've produced- and with so little input from me. FANTASTIC!!! THANK YOU” - Darren Pascoe: 'Red Rabbit Book'

  • "Yes!!!! Wow…Love it!!! ..thanks so much, I absolutely the character design you have done for us!!! xx” Lisa Dell, Cornish Firewood

  • "The logos are absolutely fantastic, they are spot on brief and are even better than we imagined!Paolo Pini, Step Up To Languages

  • "She has a keen eye for the quirky detail, she is punctual and a joy to work with. I simply cannot praise her enough.” - Clickety Books

  • "I hope my recommendation will persuade you to use Sarah! I cannot fault her, for her professionalism, enthusiasm and talent." - Michelle Hawkins, Director: The Flying DoDo

  • "Sarah provided us with an extremely friendly courteous and efficient service and injected an energy into the project, that only Sarah could" Discovery Leisure

  • "I am absolutely THRILLED TO BITS with your illustrations! THEY ARE MAGNIFICENT!”
    - Susanna Jennicrai, Book Author

  • Sarah is an extremely talented designer and illustrator. She has that rare gift of being able to find something in your business or character that you never knew existed" Craig Green

  • "Sarah is quality.  Not just her design but she is a pleasure to work with."
    - Bob Harper, Portfolio Marketing

  • “Logos received with a BIG thanks, Basically I love them all” 
    Helen Chuah, Giggling Baby Products

  • "i really like ur books my mommy reads them 2 me all the time ur really good at drawling and i want 2 be like u when i grow up :-)"  Natassia Flegal (hd fan)

  • “I was so nervous ringing you as i've never done anything like this before, but you were so friendly and put me completely at ease.” - Donna Purvis

  • "These posters and flyers are perfect”
    - Julia G, Manager at the Truro branch of Pets at Home

  • "Thank you so much Sarah! What a fantastic set of illustrations for the first in our series of children’s books. We can’t wait to work with you on the second book!" Jane Archer-Wilms & Marlies Veenhof

  • "It won’t be a struggle working with Sarah, it’ll be a pleasure. Can’t recommend enough”
    - Richard Quick

  • "You do have a very positive feel about everything you do. I do wish you continued success in all your work. All the best, SimonSimon James, Famous Children’s Book Illustrator

  • Got home tonight and the books had arrived. Absolutely love them. My girlfriend loves your illustrations.” - Andrew Jeffery: 'Wolfboy Book'

  • "Our brand wouldn't be the same without her on-going input. Just fab xx”
    - Justine Rogers, Dainty Dizzy