by Manelle Oliphant
On April 30, 2018, I had a blank sketchbook and a desire to create an original story for #mermay. Mermay is an Instagram sketch prompt created by Tom Bancroft. Artists participate by drawing and painting mermaids throughout May and posting the artwork on Instagram with the hashtag.
This story is told in fiction journal entries and beautiful sketches. It tells the story of a girl (Manelle Oliphant- That’s me) as she travels the world with her husband Jeremy to look at mermaids. Various cultures are represented, all told through her experiences and sketches. The journey continues throughout the month until disaster strikes, and their trip is cut short.
Because people enjoyed the journey on Instagram, I self-published the sketchbook here so anyone who wanted to could join me on the journey. Reading this story is like a magical vacation where mermaids and other mythical creatures are real.