May Sketch A Day Week 5 - Dark Fey & Mermaids + Full Month Recap

Week 5 was another lean week while I was out to the beach on vacation!  I intend to share an Inspiration Trip post at some point collecting all the reference I took. I got to explore the beach and one of the most beautiful gardens I've ever visited!  I stole a few late night hours during the trip to do some quick sketches, most of which were dominated by one of my story concepts that's captured the muse of late.

The Watcher II & III

Last week, I introduce this character from my story, Song of Exile, into the MASD mix.  In my worldbuilding pondering for this story, I've envisioned an ancient spirit who once held dominion over the desert.  She watched mankind with curiosity, vexed by the seemingly irrational actions of these short-lived specimens.  One day, she ventured to them, teaching them knowledge beyond their primitive achievements, learning from them the joy of irrationality.

But one day those gifts were taken for granted and calamity struck.  Her wrath was swift and thorough.

Her concept is a seed of a story right now, but each image I create, she becomes clearer in my mind and I discover something new about her.  The butterflies and other eye-marked creatures of her own creation are her 'eyes', her own lost during the 'Fall'.  She is the creator of the silk moths that roam throughout the desert, though she is no longer watching through their wings, their markings having lost their luster since The Watcher's disappearance from history.  

Deep Blue

How could I NOT draw a mermaid for this month with the Mermay challenge happening as well? Plus the fact I was surrounded by so much lovely blue and green water while I was on the beach!  All the sketches this week were done in Adobe Photoshop Sketch on my new iPad Pro.  It's pretty easy to pick up and put down a sketch while also being able to easily record a time lapse!

Full Month Recap

Here's a collection of ALL the sketches I made for this event!  You can read the stories and notes about each week's sketches at the following posts:

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4 

All in all, I had a fantastic time letting the muse off the leash to wander and do as she pleases!  I've been in desperate need of refreshing the creative wells and letting my mind wander while also getting some new experiences at the beach have helped a bit.  I'm hoping I can carry forward the daily sketching habit into the future as either daily warm-ups and/or freeform sketch time during my usual routine!

Did any of you participate in May Sketch A Day (or any of the other May art events)?  How did it work out for you?  Like NaNoWriMo, Camp NaNoWriMo, and other art challenges, I've found it to be a re-energizing experience with community support behind it which helps to keep me motivated!

Next, more enamel pin progress once I'm back from vacation starting Monday!


- Ang

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