Monster-a-Day - Iara Picture

Part of a series of paintings for my Water Media class this past semester. The assignment theme was "Everyday" leaving it very open to interpretation. I opted for a painting a day to fit the theme and allow me to paint things that interested me.

For about a week I painted one 8"x8" painting of mythological/folk creatures from around the world. I worked primarily from descriptions only and reference real world animals for the monsters. Some of the backgrounds are based on real places others are based on photos found online.

Here is an iara, a Brazilian river mermaid of sorts. The description was simple enough and I would just have to play around with the colors since it was a very similar color to it's rainforest environment. I'm quite pleased with how the colors came out with this.
Also, if you look really closely you can find a drowned man (one the the iara's victims).

Done with watercolors, gauche, and a little acrylic.
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