4WeeksMermay2022

This year I teamed up with Potato Beta to provide an own prompt board. We came up with one which hopefully will help you all coming smoothily through this year’s Mermay challenge without burning out due to feeling obligated to provide a painting every day.

On this page you will not only find our prompt board and the corresponding guide I will share my own entries too, of course. To see my entries of previous Mermays, check out the Mermay subpage (2019 and 2020 are in German, but feel free to use the Google translate button).

Prompt Board + Guide | 2022 Gallery

Week 1: Ocean | The Return of the Merindiana Jane

Week 2: River | A Bridge between Worlds

Week 3: Lake | Lake

Week 4: Swamp | Swamp

Prompt Board + Guide

There are a few guidelines and they reallly are only guidelines but while hopefully being quite clear at the same time allowing the maximum of flexibility and healthy time pacing:

  • A prompt board for the 4 Weeks Mermay 2022 Mermay challenge; a landscape characterized by four bodies of water (from top to bottom): The ocean with its beaches, a river flowing through the landscape, coming from a lake which transforms into a Swamp, the prompts a drawn into the landscape, the names of the prompts of each category coloured in the same colour; each category is attached to a week; Week 1 Ocean (1th-8th), Deep Sea, Beach, Coral, Seal, Star Wars, Octopus/Kraken, Island; Week 2 River (9th-15th), Fork, Steampunk City, Bridge, Salmon, Waterfall, Swing, Guardian; Week 3 Lake (16th-23rd), Night Sky, Nessie, Love, Axolotl, Cenote; Week 4 Swamp (24rd-31st), Snake, Frog, Water Plants, Spa, Witch, (Un)Dead.
  • The guide to the 4WeeksMermay Prompt Board, the background is a pale version of the prompt board, the logo of the 4 Weeks Mermay + the word "Guide" on top of the guide, text: "First of all: Have fun!; "This prompt board, these categories and these prompts are suggestions to travel together through this year's Mermay. They are not supposed to feel like a duty but like fun. We also know how big time pressure can be during those challenges like the Mermay, but we are not on the run, everybody shall do their Mermay in their own time; Keeping this in mind, we thought of the following guidelines: 1. There are 4 categories of water bodies (ocean, river, lake and swamp), 4 topics for 4 weeks in Mermay; 2. Every category has 6-7 prompts (+ the waters as prompts themselves + the Joker Prompt); 3. You don't have to draw every day one prompt, you can draw one every couple of days or only one per; week, you can combine as many of the prompts as you like. You even can swap prompts between categories.; 4. There is also a Joker Prompt: "Mermaided - Draw a character as a mermaid"; This can be any character, an OC of yours, a fanart of a character you like or a painted version of yourself, the twist being to draw them in a mermaid version.; You can draw them in any week, you can use the joker prompt more than one time, flood your Mermay paintings; with your best mermaid self - we'd love to see that!; Use the hashtag #4WeeksMermay22 alongside the #Mermay and #Mermay2022 hashtags, so we can see your entries; Feel free to use the prompt board as second slide and to tag us in your posts and in your stories, we are; looking forward to see what you made of it!; #4WeeksMermay22; By @Potato_Beta and @DerKritzelFaZke".

Gallery

This year I’m going to create for Mermay paintings, one for each week. At the same time I will share one part or detail of it every day to keep the daily pace. You will find them below.

Week 1: Ocean

We are starting in the ocean, the place where every life emerged from once upon a time.

Deap Sea: Nobody knows what dangers lurks in the dephts of the ocean. Scary creatures, pitch-black darkness, eerie lights and unknown treasures. What will you come up with on the bottom of the sea?

Coral: Colours everywhere, fish and even more fishes, a reef full of life. But beware, dangers lurk here too. Sharp teeth and hungry mouthes, what will be friend and what will be fiend?

Seal: Clumsy ashore, skilled hunters in the sea. They can be friends, companions, pets, jesters in the circus ring and at the same time worst nightmares of the fishes‘ world.

Star Wars: May the 4th, you know? Rebels, Vader, Jedi, The Emperor, The Force! Which side do you choose? See you in an ocean far far away!

Octopus/Kraken: They come in many forms and sizes – and arms, a lot of arms. They can be tiny and cute or big and dangerous, crashing ships or cuddling fingers. Release them or hug them!

Island: They can be the perfect holiday location or the farest desert spot on the seven seas, you can meet other people or be alone for the rest of your life. Some art artificial, some may be even drifting, travelling around the world. Where will your voyage lead us to?

Beach: Sun, sea, beaches, coconuts, warm nights under palm trees. Or do you prefer vaste coasts? Stone beaches and cliffs, mighty storms at the coast. Cliffs and storms, even the icy shores of the North and South may be your favorite seaside. Let us know!

The Return of the Merindiana Jane

Summary

Week 1 features my Mermay OCs Merindiana Jane and Ceratia. Some time ago I shared a redraw and a character sheet of Meri, the one for Ceratia still is pending. In Mermay 2020 Merindiana Jane got thrown into a deep sea trench by Captain Tigra „Sushi“ Selachii. In Mermay 2021 it was revealed that she fell into the arms of Ceratia, my anglerfish mermaid who always had trouble making friends because of her grand appetite and the abyssal instinct to catch everything in front of her mouth that’s small enough. After freeing Meri from her sushi wrapping, Ceratia accompanies her new found friend back to the surface in trace of her arch rival.

If you can’t wait to see the finished painting (pending minor changes), you will find it on Ko-fi for a small tip in my coffee jar.

  • The whole painting; digital painting, comic style: Merindiana Jane, a mermaid resembling Indiana Jones, dark blue hair, a stingray as hat, looking determined, holding a deactivated Light Sword (Star Wars), swimming towards the right upper corner of the painting, dragging Ceratia with her, a mermaid bases on and anglerfish including a light bulb on a rod originating on her forehead; above both a seal diving into the water; in the background a dark bottom and the wreck of the Nautilus (submarine), two divers apporaching the wrack in front of the shadow of a giant octopus; next to this wrack a giant black dead starfish; in the right corner a submarine hill with corals and sea anemones, two shadows in the most right bottom corner; there are schools of fish in the water; in the right upper corner a yellow part of land with the back legs and the tail of a giant turtle, a red and white striped lighthouse and a palm tree on top of this island with a black flag showing fishbone; text: "The Return of the Merindiana Jane".
  • Digital painting, comic style: Merindiana Jane, a mermaid resembling Indiana Jones, dark blue hair, a stingray as hat, looking determined, swimming towards the right upper corner of the painting, dragging Ceratia with her, a mermaid bases on and anglerfish including a light bulb on a rod originating on her forehead; in the background a dark bottom and the wreck of the Nautilus (submarine), two divers apporaching the wrack; text: "Rising from the depths - Merindiana Jane heading back to the surface after her unplanned descent into the deep sea trench - dragging Ceratia behind".
  • Digital painting, comic style: Merindiana Jane, a mermaid resembling Indiana Jones, dark blue hair, a stingray as hat, looking determined, swimming towards the right upper corner of the painting, dragging Ceratia with her, a mermaid bases on and anglerfish including a light bulb on a rod originating on her forehead; in the background a dark bottom and the wreck of the Nautilus (submarine), two divers apporaching the wrack; in the right corner a submarine hill with corals and sea anemones, two shadows in the most right bottom corner; text: "The Corals of Magic - Ceratia being greeted by the colours of the Upper Seas".
  • Digital painting, comic style: Merindiana Jane, a mermaid resembling Indiana Jones, dark blue hair, a stingray as hat, looking determined, swimming towards the right upper corner of the painting, dragging Ceratia with her, a mermaid bases on and anglerfish including a light bulb on a rod originating on her forehead; above both a seal diving into the water; in the background a dark bottom and the wreck of the Nautilus (submarine), two divers apporaching the wrack; in the right corner a submarine hill with corals and sea anemones, two shadows in the most right bottom corner; text: "Wonder of the Seals - Another friend showing up".
  • Digital painting, comic style: Merindiana Jane, a mermaid resembling Indiana Jones, dark blue hair, a stingray as hat, looking determined, holding a deactivated Light Sword (Star Wars), swimming towards the right upper corner of the painting, dragging Ceratia with her, a mermaid bases on and anglerfish including a light bulb on a rod originating on her forehead; above both a seal diving into the water; in the background a dark bottom and the wreck of the Nautilus (submarine), two divers apporaching the wrack; next to this wrack a giant black dead starfish; in the right corner a submarine hill with corals and sea anemones, two shadows in the most right bottom corner; text: "In a Deep Sea Trench Far Far Below - Whatever the meaning of the stick she found in the debris of the depths, Merindiana was going to find out".
  • Digital painting, comic style: Merindiana Jane, a mermaid resembling Indiana Jones, dark blue hair, a stingray as hat, looking determined, holding a deactivated Light Sword (Star Wars), swimming towards the right upper corner of the painting, dragging Ceratia with her, a mermaid bases on and anglerfish including a light bulb on a rod originating on her forehead; above both a seal diving into the water; in the background a dark bottom and the wreck of the Nautilus (submarine), two divers apporaching the wrack in front of the shadow of a giant octopus; next to this wrack a giant black dead starfish; in the right corner a submarine hill with corals and sea anemones, two shadows in the most right bottom corner; text: "Released - Leaving behind the horrors of the Depths".
  • Digital painting, comic style: Merindiana Jane, a mermaid resembling Indiana Jones, dark blue hair, a stingray as hat, looking determined, holding a deactivated Light Sword (Star Wars), swimming towards the right upper corner of the painting, dragging Ceratia with her, a mermaid bases on and anglerfish including a light bulb on a rod originating on her forehead; above both a seal diving into the water; in the background a dark bottom and the wreck of the Nautilus (submarine), two divers apporaching the wrack in front of the shadow of a giant octopus; next to this wrack a giant black dead starfish; in the right corner a submarine hill with corals and sea anemones, two shadows in the most right bottom corner; in the right upper corner a yellow part of land; text: "The Sandiest Shore - Seeking the beach beyond the waves".
  • Digital painting, comic style: Merindiana Jane, a mermaid resembling Indiana Jones, dark blue hair, a stingray as hat, looking determined, holding a deactivated Light Sword (Star Wars), swimming towards the right upper corner of the painting, dragging Ceratia with her, a mermaid bases on and anglerfish including a light bulb on a rod originating on her forehead; above both a seal diving into the water; in the background a dark bottom and the wreck of the Nautilus (submarine), two divers apporaching the wrack in front of the shadow of a giant octopus; next to this wrack a giant black dead starfish; in the right corner a submarine hill with corals and sea anemones, two shadows in the most right bottom corner; in the right upper corner a yellow part of land with the back legs and the tail of a giant turtle, a palm tree on top of this island with a black flag showing fishbone; text: "Tortuga Island - Home of the Pirates".

Week 2: River

Tomorrow we will leave the ocean and swim our way up the river, following the path back to the place where we hatched from egg… err … got carried away, so, let’s jump in!

Fork: You can eat with it, you can clean the barn with it, you can chase the monster up the old water mill with it but rivers fork too, animals are named after it, what’s YOUR approach to the fork?

Steampunk City: Victorian age, old fashion, zeppelins, machines and engines, steam, the full force of a vivid city. Or do you like the abandones ruins of an industrial complex? A tiny village with some augments? Show us your vision!

Bridge: Crossing waters, rivers, streams. Links between worlds, links between people, beautiful places to hang out or looming over troubled waters. Is it physical? Is it metaphorical? It’s up to you!

Salmon: Big, red delicious salmons, symbol of the cirle of life, of returning back to their roots, determinated, making their way despite endless dangers. What will they face in your Mermay?

Waterfall: Mighty powers or gently splashing ripples in the creek, salmons jump up their lengths and barrels are floating down. Can you have a shower under them? Is there hidden treasure behind? Let us find it!

Swing: Movement, back, forwards, back forwards, children playing with it but adult’s won’t say „no“ too. A working platform? Oh wait, a whole decade was called swinging! So, swing your pen and join the dance!

Guardian: A keeper of treasures, a keeper of lives, either the one standing betweeen you and certain death or the one getting in your way when you set out to save the world? Are they awake? Are they asleep? Do they only watch or do they take action? Did evil already sneak behind their back? How will you face the guardian?

A Bridge between Worlds

Summary

After escaping the Kraken (see week 1), Engineeriel and her assistant Founder turned to new projects. They now are accompanied by Crissea, my Arcryla City OC Crissy Faith and her girlfriend Paula who I turned into a mermaids.

If you can’t wait to see the finished painting (pending minor changes), you will find the finished painting in advance on Ko-fi for a small tip in my coffee jar.

  • Digital painting, comic style: Engineeriel in sideview, a mermaid with brown skin and brown hair, sitting on a swing holding Founder, a blue and yellow cyborg fish; Engineeriel's fish tail is building an overall-like fin, below she is wearing a bellyfree beige top and on her head goggles with a light rod; Founders one red eye slit is sending a laser beam towards a brown metallic contraption, trees in the background; text: "Mending wounds - New week, new scars".
  • Digital painting, comic style: Engineeriel in sideview in the upper left corner, a mermaid with brown skin and brown hair, sitting on a swing holding Founder, a blue and yellow cyborg fish; Engineeriel's fish tail is building an overall-like fin, below she is wearing a bellyfree beige top and on her head goggles with a light rod; Founders one red eye slit is sending a laser beam towards a brown metallic cylindrical contraption to mend their plates; the contraption has an upwards directed glass pipe with wather therein; it's standing in a river, the door mostly under water; on the right side Crissea working on it too; young woman, short purple hair, big, round glasses, yellow top, black and yellow striped mermaid tail, the fins around the waist are building an overall with open strings; her butt is out of the water of a river, she is working on a contraption which stays on the river's bottom, beside her you can spot a small bear under water, in the background fields, woods, hills, a forest, and two pillars, the upper endings not in the picture; text: "The Future's Bridge - Working on Progress."
  • Digital painting, comic style: My OC Crissy Faith (here: Crissea) in a mermaid version; young woman, short purple hair, big, round glasses, yellow top, black and yellow striped mermaid tail, the fins around the waist are building an overall with open strings; her butt is out of the water of a river, she is working on a contraption which stays on the river's bottom, beside her you can spot a small bear under water; text: "Co-Workers - Crissea joins the team".

Week 3: Lake

We now are in the second half of #4WeeksMermay.

Swimming up the river, we finding the lake this stream emerged. It’s up to us how we will find it, big, small, calm, angry, hidden, open, full of danger or a beautiful relaxing sight.

Cenote: Great caves full of secrets and wonders hiding gorgeous underground lakes full of life and colors. But beware as beautiful as it seems these waters are colder than ice and can get deep enough for you to disappear. What would YOU find in there? A treasure? A hiding city?

Night Sky: We are all seeing the same night sky. But do we? It depends on your view on life. A full moon can be enlightening but also daring, beasts and monsters are dedicated to it. Clouds, a friendly reminder of time passing or an angry sea in a midnight storm. The stars, never changing, yet they change, millenia after millenia looking down and we looking up to them. To eternity and beyond.

Nessie: The monster of Loch Ness – but any other lake monster of their kind will fit. Many spotted them but nobody had proof. How do they look like? A sea dragon? A serpent? A prehistoric reptile? Are they peaceful or would they tear you apart? Which kind of Nessie did YOU see?

Boat: A human device. Do mermaids need it? You cross their waters, or you just stay on the surface. They can be big or small, showy or shabby, not far from sinking. Does the wind drive them? Muscle, engine power? Just floating with the waves? It can be romantic, time to cuddle, time to kiss? Where will your boat take us?

Love: The thing that makes our heart feel at ease, that makes us smile for no reason, laugh when we’re crying. It can be love between family, love between friends or love between a significant other… What would it be? Is it a sweet love? A passionate one? Or is it a sad one? Which one is it?

Axolotl: A cute tiny animal that has stolen the world’s heart, there’s a pokemon inspired on them, they’re even on a bill from its country of origin. They swim on Lake Xochimilco; full of colorful boats. They also come in various colors, blue, white, pink; in what color do you picture them? Do they get along with their visitors? What’s an axolotl for you?.

Lake

Summary

Axola, the axolotl mermaid, cudddling with her best friend, one of the many members of the Nessie family while in the background a ceremony takes place.

If you can’t wait to see the finished painting (pending minor changes), you will find it in advance on Ko-fi for a small tip in my coffee jar as soon as it is finished.

  • Digital painting, comic style, light background: A plesiosaurus-like pink and purple sea monster in a lake, the neck is bowing towards its back, the eyes closed; on Nessie's back a mermaid with the features of a light pink axolotl, the gills building the hair; she is leaning with closed eyes agains Nessie's head, the webbed hands petting her head and mouth; a boat in the background, in it a ermaid with a tail based on an electric eel and a green amphibian-like mermaid, a small blue octopus holding a ceremony; reflection of the night sky with dozens of stars in the water; in the foreground plants and rocks; in the background cave walls and one big and one small entry in the cave ceiling, walls and entries are grown with plants, moonshine falling on the ceremony in the background; outside the cave tops of jungle trees and a night sky; text "Safe Space - The place where you can be really you."
  • Digital painting, comic style, light background: A plesiosaurus-like pink and purple sea monster, the neck is bowing towards its back, the eyes closed; text "Sleeping Nessie"..
  • Digital painting, comic style, light background: A plesiosaurus-like pink and purple sea monster, the neck is bowing towards its back, the eyes closed; on Nessie's back a mermaid with the features of a light pink axolotl, the gills building the hair; she is leaning with closed eyes agains Nessie's head, the webbed hands petting her head and mouth; text "Axoa's Cuddle - Everybody should have an axolotl for cuddles.
  • Digital painting, comic style, light background: A plesiosaurus-like pink and purple sea monster in a lake, the neck is bowing towards its back, the eyes closed; on Nessie's back a mermaid with the features of a light pink axolotl, the gills building the hair; she is leaning with closed eyes agains Nessie's head, the webbed hands petting her head and mouth; a boat in the background text "Boat Trip - Don't disturb the water."
  • Digital painting, comic style, light background: A plesiosaurus-like pink and purple sea monster in a lake, the neck is bowing towards its back, the eyes closed; on Nessie's back a mermaid with the features of a light pink axolotl, the gills building the hair; she is leaning with closed eyes agains Nessie's head, the webbed hands petting her head and mouth; a boat in the background, in it a ermaid with a tail based on an electric eel and a green amphibian-like mermaid; text "Love is Love - The reason it's called 'Love Lake'".
  • Digital painting, comic style, light background: A plesiosaurus-like pink and purple sea monster in a lake, the neck is bowing towards its back, the eyes closed; on Nessie's back a mermaid with the features of a light pink axolotl, the gills building the hair; she is leaning with closed eyes agains Nessie's head, the webbed hands petting her head and mouth; a boat in the background, in it a ermaid with a tail based on an electric eel and a green amphibian-like mermaid; reflection of the night sky with dozens of stars on the water; text "A Lake of Stars - Reflecting Eternity".

Week 4: Swamp

Coming soon.

Swamp

Summary

Coming soon.

If you can’t wait to see the finished painting (pending minor changes), you will find it in advance on Ko-fi for a small tip in my coffee jar as soon as it is finished.