Monthly Art Challenge: Making Waves with MerMay 2019

Monthly Art Challenge: Making Waves with MerMay 2019

If you’re not sure what “MerMay” is, it is an online art challenge started by animator Tom Bancroft. The objective is to have you draw or paint a different mermaid piece for every day of May. You can check out my 2018 post here for even more info! I did this Monthly Challenge last year and really enjoyed it so much…that I did it again!!!

During this year’s month-long tribute to the art drawn by real-life mermaids, I was only able to draw 26 of my 31 mermaids. I managed to paint them all in watercolor, however, I’d say that I failed this challenge because I didn’t complete the 31 mermaids this year. I still had a ton of fun doing this challenge—but where did I go wrong?

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Looking Back

I followed the same “Self Rules” or “Guidelines” as my previous challenge. These guidelines helped me to stay focused and motivated!

May was a busy month for me this year (again) so having these guidelines kept me focused whenever life got in the way.  

For materials: I used the same watercolor set from last year and even the same multipurpose sketchbook.

Painting by  Mirsada Simon . MiM  Gallery

Painting by Mirsada Simon. MiM Gallery


Painting by  Mirsada Simon . MiM  Gallery

Painting by Mirsada Simon. MiM Gallery

So, What exactly did I do differently this year?

1)      This time around, I posted some updates on our Instagram during the challenge, and I uploaded the finished collection on the MiM Gallery.

2)      I drew and painted detailed backgrounds this time around because I wanted each mermaid to have a stronger sense of personality, instead of just floating on whitespace. Adding the backgrounds made this challenge significantly harder, and I definitely drew for more hours overall than I did last year. I found myself struggling to keep up with the details of older pieces while creating new mermaids each day.

Even though I failed this challenge in terms of my number of pieces, I think it’s fair to say that each piece has a higher level of detail that my 1st attempt at MerMay.

Perhaps for next year, I’ll be able to combine both outcomes and have a successful challenge with an amazing level of details!


So, what is the next Monthly challenge?

Next up is Junicorn!!!  Naturally, by now you’ll ask…what the heck is a Junicorn?

My simple response…It is the journey to find a real-life Unicorn!!!

On this next quest, I will attempt to draw a Unicorn for every, single, day, of June.

Painting by  Mirsada Simon . MiM  Gallery

Painting by Mirsada Simon. MiM Gallery

I never did this monthly challenge before, so I am going to keep this simple and only use pencil and pigment liner my 1st time around. Wish me luck MiM readers, and I’ll keep you in the loop on our Instagram.

Keep your eyes on the MiM Gallery as well because you’ll never know if some unicorns decide to gallop on in…

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Thumbnail Credit: Painting by Mirsada Simon. MiM Gallery

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