While I was waking up one day last week I imagined an image of a tiny mermaid, bored in a glass of wine. It seemed like it could be kind of fun to draw, so instead of forgetting about it as I usually do with that kind of thing, I made this illustration. I like it! It's a little weird, but so what. It could happen, right?
It's a crow quill pen and ink drawing on Strathmore Mixed Media paper/board. I find that board takes ink very nicely. Colored pencil looks good on it too, as does watercolor. I wouldn't use it to do a watercolor painting or anything where the watercolor should be the focus. But it works great for coloring an ink drawing with watercolor, where I want the ink drawing to be the focus! It even allows me to rework a watercolor area a little bit without it looking "scrubby". One bad thing about it is that it's too thick for me to trace a sketch onto it using a light table. I have to trace with a transfer paper. All in all it's a really nice, useful, great-looking paper. Give it a try sometime!
"House Red With Mermaid" is available in my Society6 shop.