Creator Spotlight: Ashley Nada
Written By01 May 2018
Why do you draw mermaids?
I´ve always been curious about the idea of a mermaid, what would happen if they were humanized or put into our modern settings.
What mediums do you use and why?
I use cotton paper and gouache, I love the texture the paper can bring to the illustration! And I love using gouache because of the strongeness in it´s colors and boldness.
How long does each illustration take?
It depends a lot on each mermaid! Some take me half an hour, others take me up to 4 hours.
What’s your creative process?
I always carry a list (on my phone) of all the mermaids I think of during the day so the list is always growing!
I have always loved textures and fashion so that definitely helps when I´m planning my next mermaid.
I draw the mermaid until I like the outline and then begin the coloring process, some of them I just scan and they´re ready! Others I do some digital "clean up" as I like to call it.
Who is your favorite mermaid on instagram?
I don´t have just one! It would be impossible I think! But I do love the Mermaids for Change profile! I love when you can mix the passion for something and a good cause. (and awesome costumes and photography of mermaids!)
How long have you been creating?
For about 6 years now!