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Geisha Mermaid – Charcoal Drawing – Mermay 2020 Illustration

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Have you seen a Geisha dance underwater?

Whilst it’s true that there are no ochaya (tea houses) underwater that are operating and hiring Geisha, there is always room in the imagination to invent some. I’ve been working on a series of Geisha artworks and then suddenly, Mermay 2020 was upon me.

Mermay is described by its founders as a month-long celebration of creativity, community and above all… MERMAIDS. People use this month to create a variety of Mermaid illustrations, many people creating one for each day of the event. I’ve never partook in this particular ‘drawing challenge’ so this time around, I made a point to throw out at least one piece.

Now for the artwork –

Geisha - mermaid - mermay - illustration - drawing - charcoal - portrait - figure drawing - fine art - nude
Geisha Mermaid – Charcoal

The background of this piece is no accident either; it is the Yonaguni monument, found underwater just off of the Yonaguni island in Japan and therefore culturally relevant to the birthplace of the traditions of the Geisha. This way I could crossover the series that I’m working on and keep it applicable to my current project. As a brief aside, Yonaguni is definitely worth looking up for an interesting read, it’s referred to as Japan’s Atlantis and whilst is just a sunken monument that was most likely above sea level millennia ago, i holds so much imaginative potential.


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