Monsters and Mermaids for Illustration Friday

Jeremiah and Devon ACEOs
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

On the easternmost edge of The Wonder Woods is a glowing marsh with a peculiar variety of phosphorescent lichen called Witchlight, which many creatures find quite delicious! Those that help themselves to a bellyful of the stuff emit a yellowish glow, particularly in the cheeks, though only for a couple hours.

For the topic “Glow” at Illustration Friday. (Both original monster ACEOs are available in my Etsy shop – link at upper right! They were inspired by a “Little Monsters” ATC swap at

Nari and Ivy ATCs
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

Another enormous colony of Witchlight lichen is said to be located in the dark depths of the Story Sea, or so it’s told. Only mermaids and other deep sea creatures have ever seen it, and as you know, it’s hard to get a straight answer from a mermaid (particularly a cultish Goth one, like Nari or Ivy, above).

Nari and Ivy were made for a “Goth Mermaids” ATC swap at

Thanks for stopping in! I hope your holidays have been, and continue to be, super great!

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17 Responses to Monsters and Mermaids for Illustration Friday

  1. Whimsical and glowing!

  2. Efi Maryeli says:

    Lovely…. as always!!!

  3. Val Myburgh says:

    They’ll be able to read by the glow of their witchlight! Lovely.

  4. These two look like they’re going to vomit on that glowing stuff!!!!

  5. Yara says:

    So lovely!!! Love the sparks of their eyes, they are all glowing from the inside out!

  6. the mermaids are awesome!

  7. Laurie Sharp says:

    Love the glowing gals!

  8. Beth Parker says:

    Amazing, as always, Cindy!!! You never disappoint!!! Love these!!

  9. clara nilles says:

    Cindy….Happy New Year! Glad to see you continuing to draw over the holidays… gothic creatures are as ever…..wonderful! Love the colors and textures….including fins/gills on the mermaid ladies.

  10. Laurie C. says:

    Love these! I just registered at Etsy so I’m glad your shop link is here so I could find your work there. No shop for me yet; I’m just a fan. But you’re one of my inspirations to learn about it! Keep up the colorful creations! :)

  11. Wanda Torres says:

    Hi, Cindy!
    Your monsters are too adorable to call them so!
    Feliz navidad to you, too!

  12. doodlestreet says:

    wow! i dig the monsters! excellent!! :D

  13. shirley says:

    Cindy..your work never fails to delight me. Love the glowing eyes!! Hope you have a wonderful new year ahead..full of fun projects, good times, great health and peace!

  14. Hey Cindy. Have a wonderful New Year’s! I look forward to seeing all of your artwork In the new year. You blog is one of my favourites.

  15. Beautiful — I especially like Nari and Ivy.

  16. Mom says:

    These maidens are terrific-but the storyline of the sea-so amazing! Love, Mom

  17. nik says:

    Loveliest lasses of the deep blue sea! Nari translates to “nose” from the Basque tongue…how very appropriate for her to sport a nose ring! :)

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