MerMAYzing May!

We head under the sea for the month of May!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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A few of my previous clients

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  • "I can’t speak highly enough of Sarah! She has brought Roopert Snoopert to life in a way I could never have imagined.
    The illustrations are fantastic! Sarah keeps you update with progress from the draft stage right through to sign off." - Paul Micklewright
  • 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

  • “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

  • "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

  • "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'

  • "I am absolutely thrilled with the colours and love the look and overall feel of the book, its so different and unique, thank you so much"
  • "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’s re-branding of my business has given it a much needed fresh and quirky feel. She provided us with an extremely friendly courteous and efficient service and injected an energy into the project, that only Sarah could.” – Discovery Leisure

  • "Outstanding illustrator with exceptional talent. You couldn’t wish for a better artist, as it would be impossible to find. Such a spectacular gifted designer who is always happy!" - Rachel Lake

  • "Sarah loves her work, her friendly ‘can do’ approach is reassuring whether you’re on your first or tenth book."  – Darron Jon Love
  • "Sarah quickly understood what I wanted to achieve and the look I was after. Sarah kept me informed and brought me into the whole process” – Darron Jon Love

  • 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

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

  • Sarah has a great insight into how to best produce a children’s book and is really helpful in getting you there! I really cannot recommend Sarah enough – brilliant designer, friendly and professional. The experience has been a great one!“ – Jodie Jackson
  • “When we first contacted Sarah, Dainty Dizzy was a concept;  an idea to be shaped into a brand.  Sarah took this idea and illustrated it perfectly….and our brand look and feel was born.” – Dainty Dizzy

  • “I am so happy that I found Sarah to bring my book to life. Sarah took the time to listen and really made the effort to make sure that I was happy and her brilliant designs translated the words of my book into a beautiful visual story." - Jodie Jackson

  • "Sarah is amazing - very fast at understanding the requirements, great pictures and never too much trouble. I recommend her wholeheartedly" - Fernando Caldeira-Saraiva
  • "Thank you both so much for your hard work and dedication. Sarah is a fantastic illustrator! It is nice to know I have worked with someone who is so professional at her job, and will certainly remember her for the future if I need another book illustrating."
  • "It's been great working with Sarah as our illustrator! She's been so great in taking all feedback on board and delivers work of the highest standard. Would 100% recommend :-)" - Michelle Gibbs, Doodle Dozen Series
  • “Books arrived safely today- I am absolutely delighted with how they look – I can’t thank you enough – you’ve made my dream come true :)” – Jane Collins

  • “Sarah’s advice has been invaluable, she could have just illustrated my first attempt but knew there was more to be had from the story and pointed me towards the right help." – Darron Jon Love

  • “Thank you, Sarah, for the amazing work you did on the illustrations for my book. Working with you has been so easy thanks to your enthusiasm, flexibility, support, professionalism and, of course, the amazing quality of your work." – Stuart Neath

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

  • Sarah really understood the brief right from the beginning and has been able to translate my ideas and mental images, that at times were quite specific, into magical illustrations that are better than I’d ever hoped. She has absolutely nailed it!” – Gareth Edwards

  • "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

  • “Sarah was lovely to work with and keen to make sure that the illustrations were a perfect match for the story. It’s obvious that she really cares about her work and wants you, the author, to be happy with the final results.” – Marion Adams