Here's a picture of the finished product. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it!
If you ever try to follow my instructions and make your own mermaid, please let me know! I'd love to see what I managed to inspire!
For those who landed directly on this post, here's links to the whole tutorial:
Part 1: In which we discuss the flaying of the fish Part 2: In which we discuss the mounting of the skin Part 3: In preparation for the application of skin Part 4: In which we add flesh to the beast Part 5: In which we finish the job
Here's also a link to a tutorial on how to make the manuscript you see on the left of the picture
I'm a canadian multi-disciplinary artist, epicurian and all-around dork, working full-time as a 3D animation teacher in a tiny private college. When I'm not wasting my free time on the internet or gaming, I like to make stuff and learn stuff, with an emphasis on creepy, weird or unusual things.