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SeaGlass Siren
03-17-2016, 10:21 AM
Hey guys so after a small discussion with Coradion in another thread about ways to boost community creativity we came up with this Fintastic idea to have a sort of Project Runway but with mer tails.

Itll just be mostly designs by mers and there would be challenges just like on the show.
Example: create a tail using unconventional objects you would find at a grocery store
example 2: create a tail inspired by trash found on the ocean.
example 3: create a tail inspired by wedding dresses

and so on and so forth. Each challenge will last for about a week to give participants time to come up with a sketch and colour them in.

Disclaimer: If you're uncomfortable with putting up your own original designs you can feel free to pass the challenge. If you're ok with sharing your designs knowing they might be recreated by a tail maker and you don't mind or care, then this challenge is for you! Tailmakers who choose to use posted tail designs is responsible and required to credit the designer. (Which shouldn't be a problem yeah?)


Challenge 1) well because it was listed as an example and was the first that came to mind, this challenge is to create a tail inspired by unconventional objects and or food items you would find at a grocery store.

SeaGlass Siren
03-17-2016, 11:37 AM
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Obviously this one wont be reproduced (because who the hell is gonna swim in THIS thing? LOL)

For this tail i started off thinking i was going to do a fruit basket like tail (which is why the bra has bananas, the netting to put fruit in, and grapes. the individual grapes strung together are supposed to look like pearls.

Then i was stuck with the tail because i didnt want to make an oversized banana tail. But then i started going around my kitchen and finding things i bought at No frills.
Coffee paper for the coffee machine, a plastic betty crocker spatula, and a metal spatula.

so then i just started placing the end handles of the red spatula to make the "boning" of the fins. the metal spatula i figured i could make the "scales". and the Coffee paper could make the wavy part of the fins.
The result ended up looking like a sort of lobster :P

SIF
03-17-2016, 02:25 PM
Mer Kelde and I are almost finished withour first recycled materials tail actually!

SeaGlass Siren
03-17-2016, 02:31 PM
YAY!! i can't wait to see it :)

Coradion
03-18-2016, 06:48 AM
This is so cool!

SeaGlass Siren
03-18-2016, 12:10 PM
I hope more mers participate in this ^^'

Starfrit
03-18-2016, 01:09 PM
I AM DOWN FOR THIS.

SeaGlass Siren
03-18-2016, 01:14 PM
PLEASE

PearlieMae
03-19-2016, 01:45 AM
Hmmm. I am mentally walking through my local grocery, thinking of what to put together...

MerChemi
03-21-2016, 05:44 AM
OOH COUNT ME IN THIS LOOKS LIKE FUN!

SeaGlass Siren
03-21-2016, 09:30 AM
I'm gonna post the new challenge on Friday :) can't wait to see yours chemi!

Mermaid Jaffa
03-21-2016, 11:55 PM
Is it to be a wearable tail or a mini model of it for a Barbie doll?

SeaGlass Siren
03-22-2016, 06:58 AM
Just a sketch will suffice :)

MerChemi
03-24-2016, 08:06 AM
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Hopefully the picture isn't too big

Ok so I got a little carried away, but I want more practice drawing different body shapes and faces and stuff.
Both of these were pencil sketches which I took photos of, then coloured digitally.

Pineapple merman:
Obviously inspired by pineapples, especially cos the texture of the fruit sort of looks scaly? And the bright colours are always fun to work with. He's got a spiky dorsal fin and a fluke which is meant to look like the leaves of the pineapple, then I just gave him a green mohawk because why not. Now that I think about it, he'd probably chill in the tropics and I'm not sure why I gave him such a dark deep-sea background.

Plastic bag mermaid:
I thought it was ironic because this mermaid just made a top and tail out of all the plastic bags which are thrown into the sea as pollution. It also sort of ties in with example 2 (I hope that wasn't going to be one of the future challenges). The top and tail are multiple plastic bags tied and weaved together (it's not that obvious oops). Her fluke is actually just lots of plastic bags joined at the bottom, and the handles create a cool scalloped edge. I'm 99% sure a fluke made out of plastic bags would not look like that in real life, but I can dream.

SeaGlass Siren
03-24-2016, 08:11 AM
Wow I really love the plastic bag one! Granted the ocean pollution will probably be another challenge but there's so many things you can do that I'm not worried about it :P

SeaGlass Siren
03-26-2016, 08:39 AM
This weeks challenge is the wedding inspired mermaid tail!!
Create a tail inspired by wedding dresses, wedding cakes, wedding photography, etcetera you get the idea! I can't wait to see what you guys come up with!!

Mermaid Momo
03-26-2016, 04:52 PM
This weeks challenge is the wedding inspired mermaid tail!!
Create a tail inspired by wedding dresses, wedding cakes, wedding photography, etcetera you get the idea! I can't wait to see what you guys come up with!!
My calling

SeaGlass Siren
03-26-2016, 07:56 PM
Momo I can't wait to see yours 0-0

MerChemi
03-27-2016, 07:15 PM
Wow I really love the plastic bag one! Granted the ocean pollution will probably be another challenge but there's so many things you can do that I'm not worried about it :P

Aaa thank you so much!

SeaGlass Siren
03-30-2016, 04:03 PM
Still working on my wedding tail design.

SeaGlass Siren
03-30-2016, 10:12 PM
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Heres my tail for the wedding inspired tail challenge.
its roughly inspired by the white gold fish with the flowing tails ... But also my wedding dress!!

Shyren Shey
03-31-2016, 01:03 AM
The fin is so pretty =D I love it ~

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MerChemi
04-10-2016, 11:37 PM
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Im not too familiar with wedding dresses (or that fond of weddings tbh) but i had a go and i dont think i went too bad! I wanted to incorporate flowy silk with scales. And then i went crazy with editing lmao

MerMaiden Lissa
04-17-2016, 10:49 PM
What's the next challenge? I'm in!

Fun123joker
04-18-2016, 10:06 PM
Ooooooooh I likey!!!
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SeaGlass Siren
04-20-2016, 08:21 AM
Next challenge: design a tail inspired by Spring. I know it's vague but that's the challenge! What reminds you of spring?

Mermaid Mystery
04-20-2016, 11:36 AM
you sure you don't mean tail? ;)

SeaGlass Siren
04-21-2016, 06:58 AM
Wow I guess I'm still thinking of weddings LOL yes I mean tail ***

Mermaid Momo
04-21-2016, 04:56 PM
Missed the wedding one but here's the one for spring! I couldn't find my colored pencils :( http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160421/7a592df5285b74372c8fbf1db990e9d1.jpg

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Mermaid Mia
04-21-2016, 10:43 PM
Hi there :) I'm new to this community but I saw this thread and I just HAD to participate. kinda sorry I missed the first two, but here is my spring mermaid
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Mermaid Mia
04-21-2016, 10:44 PM
i love your drawing Momo! i just realized that I pretty much copied this pose in my drawing. didn't mean too. sorry!

MerMaiden Lissa
04-21-2016, 10:46 PM
Hi there :) I'm new to this community but I saw this thread and I just HAD to participate. kinda sorry I missed the first two, but here is my spring mermaid
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Beautiful!

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Mermaid Mia
04-21-2016, 10:49 PM
thank you Lissa :3

SeaGlass Siren
04-21-2016, 11:14 PM
If you like you can enter in other designs from previous challenges to :P adds to the fun and we get to see different artistic interpretations

Mermaid Mia
04-21-2016, 11:26 PM
If you like you can enter in other designs from previous challenges to :P adds to the fun and we get to see different artistic interpretations
if i get around to it i will :) homework has been piling up XD

MerMaiden Lissa
04-22-2016, 12:43 AM
Spring Mermaid: I tried to do a cherry blossom lace top, with a flowy fin. Now that I think of it maybe I should add some other fins too.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160422/66b8f95f0439e714464d818da183c907.jpg


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Mermaid Mia
04-22-2016, 01:47 AM
I think it looks really nice :) i love the ruffles

Mermaid Mia
04-23-2016, 10:49 PM
I had some extra time on my hands and decided to do the wedding design retroactively. I really enjoy it :3. I was inspired by jellyfish and included the clamshells on her tail in reference to the little mermaid book.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160424/ffb70c1fad2c539c77faba5664e2e826.jpg


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MerMaiden Lissa
04-24-2016, 02:15 AM
I had some extra time on my hands and decided to do the wedding design retroactively. I really enjoy it :3. I was inspired by jellyfish and included the clamshells on her tail in reference to the little mermaid book.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160424/ffb70c1fad2c539c77faba5664e2e826.jpg


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I really like this one. My cousin/bestie is getting married next year... this gives me ideas. I think I'll have to do a wedding mermaid too.

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Mermaid Mia
04-24-2016, 02:17 AM
I really like this one. My cousin/bestie is getting married next year... this gives me ideas. I think I'll have to do a wedding mermaid too.

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Yay! :)

MerMaiden Lissa
04-25-2016, 01:17 AM
So here is my wedding mermaid. I decided to go with a Victorian style because my cousin who's engaged loves victorian and steampunk. I might go over it in ink, but I am happy with it so far.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160425/6f6518409acd87dfc5125f41e166ad41.jpg
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160425/14e5d6a8e9119ee7bff86db946a98b28.jpg
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160425/99c5877fc02e6e7a3f3b48e2dccd79be.jpg

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Mermaid Mia
04-25-2016, 01:20 AM
So here is my wedding mermaid. I decided to go with a Victorian style because my cousin who's engaged loves victorian and steampunk. I might go over it in ink, but I am happy with it so far.


That is beautiful!! I love all the detail you put into it

MerMaiden Lissa
04-25-2016, 01:28 AM
That is beautiful!! I love all the detail you put into it
Thanks. I'm actually not very patient with detailed drawing usually, but it was worth it.

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MerMaiden Lissa
04-28-2016, 12:38 AM
Added a bit of color and shading.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160428/a1b8419e6b7f59f0355a74d40cfcfa4e.jpg

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Coral Corey
05-02-2016, 09:09 AM
Added a bit of color and shading.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160428/a1b8419e6b7f59f0355a74d40cfcfa4e.jpg

Sent from my SM-G386T using TapatalkI am in love with this picture!

MerMaiden Lissa
05-02-2016, 10:46 AM
I am in love with this picture!
Thanks [emoji5]

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Coral Corey
05-02-2016, 01:58 PM
Thanks [emoji5]

Sent from my SM-G386T using TapatalkNo problem :)

Mermaid Mia
05-02-2016, 04:04 PM
Im really looking forward to the next challenge and what everyone comes up with :)


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MerMaiden Lissa
05-03-2016, 12:42 AM
I have an idea for a challenge!

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Mermaid Mia
05-03-2016, 12:46 AM
I have an idea for a challenge!

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I say post it. If we have an extra this week we have an extra :3
Im interested.

MerMaiden Lissa
05-03-2016, 12:48 AM
I was thinking an island theme, which sounds like typical mermaid, but if you think about it... Irish mermaid, Puerto Rican mermaid, Japanese mermaid? Lots of variety of islands!

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Mermaid Mia
05-03-2016, 12:49 AM
Sounds like fun :3


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Coral Corey
05-03-2016, 08:32 AM
I was thinking an island theme, which sounds like typical mermaid, but if you think about it... Irish mermaid, Puerto Rican mermaid, Japanese mermaid? Lots of variety of islands!

Sent from my SM-G386T using TapatalkMy boyfriend is Puerto Rican! I would love to see someone do that idea.

SeaGlass Siren
05-04-2016, 07:53 AM
That sorta sounds like a country theme :P been wanting to see different tails inspired by different cultures.
I've been sorta busy lately so I haven't even drawn up a sketch yet. I'll give it until
thursday

SeaGlass Siren
05-04-2016, 12:23 PM
Aborting mission. Aborting mission.
My body is too sore and I haven't gotten out of bed yet. I was at a gig yesterday for 5 hours in a tail and the kids wanted me to keep flipping my tail. And my my entire lower body is pulsing in pain ;-;
so instead of a drawing of a tail design inspired by spring... I have a shelfie with Walter Gretzky.. Yes, Wayne gretzkys father.

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SeaGlass Siren
05-04-2016, 12:27 PM
Onto the next challenge :p design a tail inspired by your background (race, religion, culture, blood origins, where you live... Etc)

Mermaid Mystery
05-04-2016, 01:10 PM
WHAT HOLY CRAP THATS SO COOL

SeaGlass Siren
05-04-2016, 02:10 PM
He's the sweetest old man ever. He kept making jokes about how the Toronto maple leafs suck. XD

Mermaid Mystery
05-04-2016, 07:56 PM
man that's great. I'm so jealous

MerMaiden Lissa
05-05-2016, 01:22 AM
So... I was going to draw an Australian aboriginal mermaid since my great great grandmother lived in Australia, but it was hard, so I tried to draw a cool Jamaican mermaid idea I had. Apparently I suck at drawing any other races! Like it's so bad it would be offensive to the people I was trying to portray! So I haven't come up with a drawing for the new challenge yet. lol

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SeaGlass Siren
05-05-2016, 08:40 AM
ive got an idea in mind. It's based on the Tang Dynasty princesses (I'm part Chinese), the rococo era (because of French influence in vietnam, and some Vietnamese elements (because that's where my parents were born).

SiaTheMermaid
05-05-2016, 06:31 PM
I really wish I had an artistic bone in my body, cause Id love to join in but I cant draw to save myself! All these drawings are so pretty 😍

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Mermaid Mia
05-05-2016, 09:19 PM
I kinda combined both the island and the background challenge for this design. I was born and raised in Washington USA. I spent most summers in the San Juan Islands (or the Canadian BC gulf islands). This upcoming summer I get to go there with my fiance as his first trip with my family. I plan to take at least one of my tails.
This design is based off the shape and markings of a female Orca (we have several pods native to the area who are not migratory). The white parts of the orca are painted with a sunrise in the islands. I am seriously considering creating this tail. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160506/7467762aec8389742df0a09bdb168a58.jpg


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MerMaiden Lissa
05-05-2016, 10:10 PM
I kinda combined both the island and the background challenge for this design. I was born and raised in Washington USA. I spent most summers in the San Juan Islands (or the Canadian BC gulf islands). This upcoming summer I get to go there with my fiance as his first trip with my family. I plan to take at least one of my tails.
This design is based off the shape and markings of a female Orca (we have several pods native to the area who are not migratory). The white parts of the orca are painted with a sunrise in the islands. I am seriously considering creating this tail. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160506/7467762aec8389742df0a09bdb168a58.jpg


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That's awesome! I love it

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Mermaid Mia
05-05-2016, 10:16 PM
Thank you :3


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MerMaiden Lissa
05-05-2016, 10:47 PM
When I was in 6th grade we took a class trip to Vashon island because a teacher had a cabin there. While the other kids were watching tv, I was looking out at Puget Sound and relaxing... I saw 2 adult orcas and a little baby. Nobody else got to see them because they were tv zombies! lol. I'll always treasure orcas!

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MerChemi
05-05-2016, 10:50 PM
//crashes in late
Ok so i put more effort into my spring mermaid and actually lined her.
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I didnt have time to colour her though, so i just slapped on a few (a lot) filters. Can you tell i love editing my pics??

Really excited about the new theme though!! Im thinking a mermaid with a qipao (im chinese)

MerMaiden Lissa
05-05-2016, 11:19 PM
So today I went back to my Jamaican mermaid and tried fixing her. Coloring her made it a little better too. So nobody laugh, although I might lol. Here is my Jamaican Parrotfish mermaid.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160506/fbc347b4f71a0447c6f20a6cf46187f9.jpg

Now to figure out a mermaid to represent my heritage... it will require some thinking!

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Luna Dreamtide
05-06-2016, 01:29 AM
I think she looks great. Good job :)

MerMaiden Lissa
05-06-2016, 01:36 AM
I think she looks great. Good job :)
Thank you [emoji5]

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Mermaid Mia
05-06-2016, 02:10 AM
When I was in 6th grade we took a class trip to Vashon island because a teacher had a cabin there. While the other kids were watching tv, I was looking out at Puget Sound and relaxing... I saw 2 adult orcas and a little baby. Nobody else got to see them because they were tv zombies! lol. I'll always treasure orcas!

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That is a really cook story :3 I'm glad you got to see them

Mermaid Mia
05-06-2016, 02:12 AM
Lissa i think your Jamaican mermaid looks very nice. I like the choice of the parrotfish.


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Mermaid Mia
05-06-2016, 02:14 AM
//crashes in late
Ok so i put more effort into my spring mermaid and actually lined her.
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I didnt have time to colour her though, so i just slapped on a few (a lot) filters. Can you tell i love editing my pics??

Really excited about the new theme though!! Im thinking a mermaid with a qipao (im chinese)

This is really beautiful. I love the "tattoo" on her arm.

MerMaiden Lissa
05-07-2016, 01:47 AM
This is loosely based on my grandmother. She grew up in a musical household, but married an abusive guy and had a bunch of kids. Then she met my grandpa (step-grandpa really, but the only one I've ever known), and he was a musician. He convinced her to sing again and they spent many happy years playing in jazz clubs together. This month is the 3rd anniversary of his death, and I don't think grandma has sang in public since. I don't get to see her much because it's a 15 hour drive, but I've been thinking of her, and the part of Oregon where she lives will always be my true home. Music is my heritage!
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160507/73a5a0fe3df906ce99ebb3feeb82a9f6.jpg
-The Siren-

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Mermaid Mia
05-07-2016, 01:49 AM
That is a beautiful drawing and a heat-wrenching story. Im glad your grandma found her music again.


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MerMaiden Lissa
05-07-2016, 01:52 AM
That is a beautiful drawing and a heat-wrenching story. Im glad your grandma found her music again.


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Me too. I got my voice from her. I just wish I didn't clam up so bad when I try to sing in front of people.

....hehehe.. "clam" up! [emoji13]

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Mermaid Mia
05-07-2016, 01:55 AM
Me too. I got my voice from her. I just wish I didn't clam up so bad when I try to sing in front of people.

....hehehe.. "clam" up! [emoji13]

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Haha. I love puns. My whole family is musical too. On my moms side at least. My grandparents actually met in marching band :3

Mermaid Mia
05-19-2016, 10:39 PM
looking forward to seeing the challenge for this week :) if this thread is still alive that is XD

MerChemi
05-29-2016, 04:32 AM
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Here's my Chinese mermaid! I tried a different technique with lots of black and i quite like it, I used up so much ink though.
Looking forward to the new prompt!

Mermaid Mia
05-29-2016, 04:41 AM
She looks beautiful


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Astridia
08-09-2017, 05:46 PM
Aaah these all look so awesome! this sounds like fun!