Mermaid Drawings

These mermaid drawings were a pleasure to produce even though I still have a lot to learn in regard to any type of portrait drawing.

Here is my version of a mermaid outline. Mermaid Outline

As I've admitted to you before, I haven't quite perfected illustrating the human form yet, so I knew I had my work cut out for me here.

By the same token, it's exciting to end up with a drawing that resembles the subject at hand.

I did a bit of research to get ideas on very basic facial features.

Study the face of this mermaid and observe how there is a way to portray a face without really knowing everything. This is how beginners can draw anything we set our minds to.

I did lots of drawings of mermaids in outline form because I was trying to get the body proportions right.

This task can be very frustrating if you allow it to be, but feel safe in the knowledge that you don't have to show anyone your starter sketches.

Figure drawing becomes easier to understand as you get further into your learning. It depends on which subject you really wish to conquer and that desire will get you there.

You can draw sketchy lines to indicate the posture and the curves of the body and then build the drawing around these lines.

Of course, if you prefer, you can use the blocks and cylinders method - there are many tools available to assist getting the figure right. You will discover all different methods as you browse this site.

I hope you find these mermaid drawings are simple enough for you to copy.

Young Mermaid Drawing

I have added a tiny bit of background to a couple of my images to lead you in the direction to create different fantasy surroundings.

Fantasy is not my strong point but I decided to take up the challenge to see if I can produce some reasonable mermaid drawings.

About Mermaids


A mermaid is a mythical creature that lives in the sea.

Their bodies are half human and half fish.

Mermaids are said to be beautiful and they try to lure men with their melodious voices and lovely hair.

Sailors had to avert their faces so the mermaids wouldn't lure them and their boats onto the rocks.

Mermen also existed apparently. I have to admit, I didn't come across any mention of mermen while I was growing up. However, I always did have a fascination for mermaids.

References to mermaids can be found in poetry, and of course, there are some beautiful drawings of mermaids as well.

How To Improve Your Drawings

Mermaid Drawing

Do you have your own sketchbook? By sketching consistently, you will improve all the time.

Even when you are in front of the television, practice drawing anything and everything on the screen. When you record shows, you can pause the scenes that appeal to you and try sketching it in your book.

I also spend a lot of time scrutinizing profiles on tv but that's just a habit of mine because I'm trying to work out how to draw people.

If you start observing and practicing, you will successfully produce mermaid drawings and anything else for that matter.

Avoid making excuses for yourself by thinking that you weren't born with an artistic streak. If you have a desire to draw (like I do), you will be able to draw. All it takes is persistence, faith and practice.

You will progressively improve with each and every drawing that you do.

Even when my drawings aren't very good, it doesn't deter me, I just move on to another drawing. This is the mindset you need to have when you want to succeed.

Never say die! If drawing is something you really want to establish as part of your life, then persistence is the key.

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An Art Quote

Practice by drawing things large, as if equal in representation and reality.
In small drawings every large weakness is easily hidden;
in the large, the smallest weakness is easily seen.
- Leon Battista Alberti

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