I've officially started doing concept art for my Little Mermaid illustrated book that I'll take to Kickstarter in 2019. You can learn more about it AshlyLovett.com/kickstarter. At the moment I'm doing concept pieces to figure out my character. I've been pulling a lot of inspiration from around the internet.
I know I want her to glow. I imagine such a deep sea creature would have luminescent skin and hair, gills, and deep sea eyes. I was thinking something close to a ghost shark. This piece is the first in a several where I'll explore my character and her domain. In fact, this is just a cropped image of the piece for the moment. I'll keep working on this concept and share full version when it's completed.
Illustrators credits Eric Fortune, Travis Louie, Howard Pyle, and others.
If you'd like to see the full version and more of my process work, I suggest pledging $2 to my Patreon. All patrons get to see process work for this project. You can also see live demos for $6. Check it out and join me on the project that pushes me out of my comfort zone and challenges me.