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I began this project over a year ago with the hope of creating something beautiful and something that would make me proud. Each new illustration has been a discovery of what I'm capable of and love to do. It's been an enriching experience, and I'm thrilled to be here in my kitchen typing this introduction just days before it finally goes public.

I chose the story of the "The Little Mermaid" because it was the perfect match for my fondness of dark fantasy, romance, and drawing flowing organic shapes. Mermaids are truly wonderfully fun to draw, and I can't get enough drawing of glorious long hair. It's a simple thing, but I love it. 

How does it differ from the original 1830s version by H.C. Anderson?

I've mostly just updated the grammar so it reads more easily, plus I have added a few of my own ideas. For example, our mermaids have glowing bioluminescent hair to help them navigate in the dark depths of the sea.  They have eyes, gills, and skin like a ghost shark. Our little mermaid has a treasured skull collection of all types of creatures that have floated down from the world above.  Bird skulls mostly, but there are a few human bones from the poor sailors lost at sea. She has three loving siblings, two sisters and a brother, who watch her grow with pride, and marvel at her talent in singing and dancing.  

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 I bring you an adaption of Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid

The little mermaid has always yearned for the strange and exciting life of the humans. After saving a human man during a sea storm, she desired his love and to have a life with him. And if they were married, his soul would be shared with her. For mermaid have no souls, and merely return to the ocean as sea foam when they die. 

Naive and desperate, the little mermaid turned to the banished sea witch among the world pools. The exchange to be human was high. To walk on two legs, she had to offer-up her tongue, and with new feet every step would feel as if she were walking on daggers. Unless the man chooses her as his wife, the spell would break and she would die. 

Scared, but determined, the little mermaid accepts the sea witch's terms and begins her journey to find love and a soul.  

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 A 60-page signed 6x9 hardcover book with a gold foil stamped cloth cover and spine. The book features 12 black and white chalk pastel illustrations, and several graphite spot illustrations, all printed on a lovely 200msg paper that displays rich contrast and beautiful detail. It will be printed with the amazing people over at Art Order. They are known for their gorgeous art books, and I'm thrilled to have this collaboration. Digital mockup below.

 A 40-page signed and numbered 8x11 hardcover lay-flat coffee table book with a handmade paper foil press cover. The title is stamped on the spine in silver, and introduced in the first interior page. The book features 12 black and white chalk pastel illustrations, and several graphite spot illustrations. The 100lb bright white matte paper has a UV finish that protects against light, water, moisture, airborne contaminants and fingerprints. It is archival, made from eco-friendly materials, and will support a local business 10 minutes from my home. I’ll be there for the entire process, which is fantastic. I’m going all-out, and making this exactly how I want it. The lay-flat design has no gutter, and will display the artwork in the finest way. Digital mockup below.

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 Receive three 5x7 prints. One of each: "Rescue", "Ambition" and "Intrigue"

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Receive three 5x7 prints. One of each: "Rescue", "Ambition" and "Intrigue" and the enamel pin "Sacrifice".

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 Receive a signed 60-page hardcover trade edition book. 

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Receive a signed 60-page hardcover trade edition book and an original 5x7 sketch on 90lb Strathmore paper. Each original drawing will be mermaid themed. Limit of 50 orders. 

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 Receive a signed limited edition 40-page signed and numbered 8x11 hardcover lay-flat coffee table book, an enamel pin, and three 5x7 prints. This is a limited edition run. 

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 Receive a signed limited edition 40-page signed and numbered 8x11 hardcover lay-flat coffee table book, an enamel pin, three 5x7 prints, and an original 5x7 sketch on 90lb Strathmore paper. Each original drawing will be mermaid themed.  Limit of 50 orders.

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The ever-amazing and talented Cory Godbey will be writing the book's forward. I've loved his work for years and respect him as a person and an illustrator. He has followed my career since 2015, and I know I couldn't have anyone better to introduce a project that's so dear to me.

"Cory Godbey creates fanciful illustrations for picture books, covers, comics, animated shorts, and films.From commercials to documentary films, He has worked with a wide-ranging series of subjects and styles to create thoughtful, engaging, and award-winning art and animation for over a decade." www.CoryGodbey.com "

 ©Cory Godbey images

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 All originals are 8.5x11 graphite drawings on Strathmore 90lb cotton paper with a vellum finish. All drawings will be signed and sealed with fixative. 

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Available Rewards:

$44USD + Shipping

Trade Edition: The Little Mermaid

A beautiful 6"x9" hardcover book. Cloth bound with gold gilded pages and a gold foil stamped cover and spine.

Includes:

  • 1 copy of the trade edition book
  • Signed by me
  • USA Shipping Included
$12USD + Shipping

5x7 Print Pack (3 Prints)

A collection of three 5x7 prints. 1 of each: "Intrigue" "Ambition" and "Rescue"

Includes:

  • 3 prints
  • USA Shipping Included
$24USD + Shipping

3 Prints and Enamel Pin

Get the limited edition enamel pin "Sacrifice" and a collection of three 5x7 prints. 1 of each: "Intrigue" "Ambition" and "Rescue"

Includes:

  • 3 prints
  • 1 enamel "Sacrifice" pin
  • USA Shipping Included
$104USD + Shipping

Trade Edition + Original Drawing

A beautiful 6"x9" hardcover book. Cloth bound with gold gilded pages and a gold foil stamped cover and spine. Includes a 5x7 original drawing on Strathmore 90lb paper.

Includes:

  • 1 copy of the trade edition book
  • Signed by me
  • Original 5x7 drawing
  • USA Shipping Included
$171USD + Shipping

Collector's Edition: The Little Mermaid

A gorgeous 8x11 hardcover lay-flat coffee table book. Bound with handmade paper. Silver stamped cover. Black gilded pages.

Made with archival, museum quality, and eco-friendly materials. Created with sustainable resources. Made within the US.

Limited edition. Will be signed and numbered. Includes three 5"x7" prints and enamel pin.

Includes:

  • 1 copy of the collector's edition book
  • Limited edition
  • Signed and numbered by me
  • 3 prints
  • USA Shipping Included
  • 1 enamel "Sacrifice" pin
$236USD + Shipping

Collector's Edition + Original Drawing

A gorgeous 8x11 hardcover lay-flat coffee table book. Bound with handmade paper. Silver stamped cover. Black gilded pages.

Made with archival, museum quality, and eco-friendly materials. Created with sustainable resources. Made within the US.

Limited edition. Will be signed and numbered.

Includes three 5"x7" prints, a 5x7 original drawing on Strathmore 90lb paper, and an enamel pin.

Includes:

  • 1 copy of the collector's edition book
  • Limited edition
  • Signed and numbered by me
  • 3 prints
  • Original 5x7 drawing
  • 1 enamel "Sacrifice" pin
  • USA Shipping Included

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