You might remember that I mentioned at the beginning of the year that I really wanted to do a series of fairytale illustrations this year. I was thinking I would do one each month and then make a 2014 calendar from them for my shop. Well, it's now mid-February and I just finished the first one so I'm a bit behind my schedule but I had so much fun doing this one, I'm already thinking up the next one I'm going to work on.
I tackled The Little Mermaid for my first fairytale illustration and after rereading the original Hans Christian Andersen tale, I'd planned on illustrating one of the darker moments from the story. But you know me, it just didn't work out that way and I ended up illustrating one of the lighter moments from the beginning of the story, our little mermaid in her garden of red, sunny flowers.
Here's the finished illustration: