Manatee Princess and an Eel Maiden

Sulky Sea Cow Princess
2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, gel pen

[EDIT: I am submitting this to Illustration Friday for the topic “Children”. She may be a sulky sea cow princess, but she is also a child, just waiting impatiently to grow up so she can do whatever she wants!]

As first in line for the Lavender Throne, Lula the manatee is forbidden from doing many fun things, so she has long days to sulk and worry about her future responsibilities. Some days, her friend Mork the seahorse can’t even stir up interest in a game of Bug Stones.

I must admit I think she and her friend are very cute. Here is my manatee reference photo.

An Eel Maiden
2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, gel pen

An eel maiden. Admittedly she does not look a lot like an eel, but she’s got that sinuous neck and I prefer eel maiden to snake maiden. Both of these were created for a “People of the Sea” swap at I am not running that swap, but it was inspired by my People of the Forest one. (Lots of People of the Forest art cards in previous posts!)

I am also thrilled to report that my blog friend Koosje Koene has featured my work on her blog! If you get a moment, go see! You can also find Koosje on her website and she’s got some great mini drawing tutorials on her Youtube page. Thanks so much, Koosje!

Thanks to everyone for stopping in! Lots of progress pic below!

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20 thoughts on “Manatee Princess and an Eel Maiden

  1. Efi Maryeli

    I love the hat of the manatee and that little friend of hers. As for the lady, she’s lovely…

    Hope you’ve seen my post for you!!!!!!!!

    Have a great weekend!!!

  2. Cynthia Schelzig

    What wonderful herds and flocks of creatures you create here. Koosje sent me over with her great review of your work….I can see why. I just signed up over email following. Have a super Thursday!

  3. Elena Caravela

    The very first thought when the Sea Cow came into view was how sweet! She has such personality, I can’t help but smile for her. The Eel Maiden is so much more savvy in her expression. Still a very nice eel, but with some experience under her belt-that is if eels could ever wear belts? Delightful!

  4. Jennifer

    I just visited Koosje’s blog and then came right over here. You do have an amazing, fun, colorful and imaginative body of work! Your beasts have so much character. And I always love your process pictures.

  5. clara nilles

    Gorgeous eel! Who’d ever thought of an eel maiden! As usual, wonderful textures, colors, and composition. Lula and Mork are adorable too… her eyelashes…..and all manatees should be wearing beautiful headresses (they are kinda bald looking) :-)

  6. Jill

    That’s the prettiest dig-gone eel I’ve ever seen. Her eyes are amazing. I just love your work, Cindy.

  7. Claire Wildish

    Lula sulks with great beauty and regal-ness! Koosje is right…you are a great storyteller…like a weaver they unfold and draw you in. Congratulations on the feature!

  8. michele

    Wow-wee! Such fantastic creatures and wonderful color, here at your blog! You demonstrate a great artistic method- You must have so much fun with the creative process. See you again! :o)

  9. Ann

    Hey Cindy! Super awesome stuff as always! Love the sea cow princess and sea maiden! Love all the details and always love the stories you put towards it! love it!

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