So BEA just passed (or maybe is still happening?) and every other blogger will probably be sharing massive book hauls today. Not me. Instead, I just have LOTS OF MERFOLK! (This is going to be a very image-filled post 😬) #Mermay has ended, but I ended up doing six pieces, which is five more than I thought I’d do, and also the most art I’ve done in a month probably ever.
Last month I shared my deep sea merman (I got a head start on him). Here he is again. He’s loosely inspired by the vampire squid (the colors, at least). This has nothing to do with my merman, but in case you didn’t know, vampire squid do not drink blood or even eat live prey—they get their name because of the “teeth” along their tentacles and webbing that looks like a cape. And they’re only like a foot big. They’re kind of cute!
At the beginning of the month, I drew this colorful merman, based on the Bartlett’s anthias. It’s also known as the fairy anthias, and I can definitely see why. Fun fact about anthias: they’re all born female, but some of them turn male for breeding purposes. Also, fun non-fish fact that I learned: reflections in water always come directly toward you.
Then I did this shark merman, which surprised me since I’m not usually into shark merfolk. This one is based on the common thresher shark (they use their tails like a whip to stun their prey, and can reach 20-feet long!), and I’m really happy with how it turned out!
After that, I wanted to try something different from my usual style. I also just wanted to draw a starfish mermaid. I needed something for her to cling to, and a mermaid girlfriend seemed like a good solution :-P
Next, vampire merman! His design is based on the red velvetfish. I liked their look, and they have venomous spines on their dorsal fin, which I thought was kinda fitting. This whole picture was a struggle, and at one point it was making me miserable to work on it, but then I decided to half-ass finish it, and I swear it came out better than it would’ve had I tried lol.
I snuck in one more merman literally the night of May 31st. Not my best since I did it in a rush, but that’s ok. This one is a land-dwelling betta fish merman on a budget ;-P
So as you can see, I did a lot of art, and also a lot of learning about sea creatures lol. Let me know which picture or merman you like best!
I mentioned last time that I won two giveaways, and my books arrived!
— Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight (@whykristenburns) May 16, 2019
— Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight (@whykristenburns) May 13, 2019
I also got a really entertaining spam comment.
If you never hear from me again, it's because vampires are real and I pissed off their leader by mocking his offer of immortality.
— Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight (@whykristenburns) May 14, 2019
Books I Received for Review:
Dawn Slayer and The Un-Queen are from the authors. I’m still waiting to hear back on NetGalley about The Monster of Elendhaven :-/ Anyone else heard back about that one yet?
Books I Finished:
I finished up the S.K. Ryder vampire trilogy and enjoyed it! Beauty and His Beast and Strays were both great audiobooks, but I especially loved Strays! Dawn Slayer was another great City of Crows book, and the Hailey Turner books are a new-to-me series that was also great! Silver in the Wood and The Grand Dark were both books that I felt weren’t bad, they just weren’t quite for me. (I’ll explain in my reviews.)
What I’m Loving:
This month, what I’m loving is…
I don’t know, I couldn’t think of anything else lol.
In Case You Missed It:
Here are the highlights:
– I gave recs for 5 merfolk books you should check out.
– I shared a compilation of funny tweets I’ve shared about my Sims 3 games.
– I reviewed The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova, a high fantasy with cool dragons and a super unique world!
– I talked about how I want more SFF books about different hobbies and interests.
– I reviewed Strays by A.J. Thomas, a sweet paranormal audiobook that made me smile!