May: Adrift at Sea



  • I'm not sure if it's that I've been cooped up in my apartment for coming on 2 months, or the fact that it's MerMay - but I've been very into the "lone fisherman" theme this month...

    I wasn't actually planning on making a piece for the May prompt but I've been exploring this Fisherman piece that I started a different thread about, and thinking about his life some more and it sort of spun into the May theme of isolation.

    It started as this Fisherman's only friend was the little mermaid who he keeps on his desk and then I began thinking about his life outside... and what it might be.

    So here are some thumbnails i've started, I think I'll do some more before I decide on one (or more) to pursue. But I'd love some input on which ones you feel exude more "isolation"

    This is our fisherman friend, kicking back in his chair, overlooking his ocean.
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    "Every man's an island" - our fisherman friend rowing his boat out to his home, with other homes scattered around the ocean away from him.

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    And finally our fisherman friend, standing at the top of his lighthouse, with his bird friends flying below.

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    Here's the original sketch that I'm still working on based off the comments from the other thread.

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  • I love the second one!! Every man’s an island. So good, and I love that the houses are up so high. Sort of magical.



  • @EliaMurrayArt I love the second one as well. Even as just a thumbnail, it has a strong emotional pull to it. Definitely feels of isolation.



  • @sarahlash & @Christijan Thank you both. I definitely am most pulled to that one so I'm glad to hear it is translating well!! I think that is the one I will go with then πŸ˜ƒ



  • Working on some color studies. Trying to decide if I want more of a dawn or dusk feel.
    What do you guys think? I don't want the illustration to feel sad, or forlorn necessarily.. more so quiet, solitude.

    I included the color references I chose for the color schemes because I thought they were such lovely paintings they really gave a feeling of isolation/quiet aloneness themselves.

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  • @EliaMurrayArt I love the one on the right with the blues and oranges.



  • Thanks @sarahlash ! More of a dawn approach? πŸ˜ƒ



  • @EliaMurrayArt I love these color studies, especially the one on the right bc it seems kind of hopefu to me - they got me thinking about how a closer one would maybe fit in the left corners of your composition. I do want to step closer to the nearest one to see some detail with the steps and ladder. And I'm curious about how it would feel with someone standing there... but I love this composition and I'm not sure I would change it.



  • @carolinebautista a closer one is a good idea!! the step ladder will definitely be included in the final illustration - I want that to be the fisherman's island so I'm not sure i'd add him there, as I quite like him in his boat.... but I like the idea and I'll definitely explore it!



  • @EliaMurrayArt Such wonderful color studies! I love the right one as well!



  • @EliaMurrayArt I guess I was thinking of a kid sitting on a different style island, close by the viewer, watching the fisherman. What a vague idea! I thought that it would be a nice contrast to understanding the unique properties of each island, but mostly I was reacting to the shape and wanting to be closer. There is definitely a case to be made with being far away in this piece, though! I think when it's full size, the details of each island will read very well, even if it's just contrasting shapes. So yes, i did manage to remind myself that it will be bigger haha πŸ™‚

    I tend to veer off in different directions like this in my own process, and it can be really messy, sometimes unmanageable. And really time consuming, because it's difficult to make a decision about whether to stay on track or change direction without a lot of time as a break.


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