This image was commissioned by Rick Higginson, author of the charming novel Cardan's Pod
. The image features Marta, a genetically engineered half-cetacean mermaid, as well as two of the dolphins that are often seen alongside the Pod.
The merfolk are depicted very nicely in his novel, as a mammalian lower body would make far more sense than that of a fish. They are also not bone-skinny fashion models with tails! I appreciate Rick's vision of what a mermaid could be. I was also quite pleased to get to draw some dolphins - it has been a long time, and I forgot how much fun they were!