One of the things that always seems to help taking my mind off of all the stress life put us through is colouring and, if there are fantasy creatures such as mermaids to colour by any chance, then my mind goes to a very happy, magical place! Get ready to see what I mean with Pop Manga Mermaids and Other Sea Creatures by Camilla d’Errico.
Are those heart-shaped eyes I see you making just by looking at the cover?
Being also a Manga lover, imagine my own face every time I would turn a page of this book and see a sea creature re-created manga style! Actually, I still can’t stop staring at them with the same stunned face, both the ones I already coloured, and the ones still in black & white. Let’s see what you guys think of those I’ve done, I sure tried to give them the justice they deserve . . .
The one above has been inspired by my lil sis, Elena, who I know is now a grown woman but still my lil sis! She is blonde with blue eyes—my complete opposite—and adores blue in all its shades, hence the choice of colours for this drawing. I showed it to her while she was visiting me this past Summer and she didn’t just love it, she thought it was quite accurate, too, so YAY!
I really wanted to colour a double page picture, and this one intrigued me instantly—you might have recognised it’s the same one from the front cover—so I knew I had to go with it. The colour combination came to me step by step this time, I honestly wasn’t sure of how it would turn out until I picked the last colour, but I can tell you I’m pretty happy with the result.
Believe it or not, this was the first thing of this book that I coloured! The back of the cover was in black & white but the more I stared at the drawing, the more I thought I wanted to match the coloured blurb. What do you think? Could it pass for a nice back cover? It should be noted that this picture is inside the book as well, which works great in my opinion because someone—no need to point who, hehe—could decide to have double the fun with it 😉
In conclusion, Pop Manga Mermaids and Other Sea Creatures is an absolute pleasure to colour! With a fantastical under-the-sea kingdom for you to explore and enjoy, and paper made of strong, good quality, days will fly by while colouring. Who knows, maybe you will even envision some stories in your mind . . . Camilla d’Errico is just that kind of talented artist!
Camilla d’Errico is an Italo-Canadian artist who has been making waves in the fine art and comic industries with her manga-influenced style. Ever the prolific artist, Camilla is comic artist/creator and Pop Surrealist painter, while also contributing to the vinyl art toy movement, and expanding her style into fashion, accessories, toys and other merchandise.
Camilla resides in Vancouver, BC, where she paints and draws comics, and more recently has been working with entertainment companies on feature films and videogames. She has distinguished herself through her ability to seamlessly weave comic art and manga with surrealist elements, wrapping it all together with an extensive emotional palette. Thanks to her relentless energy, dedication, and creativity, she has followed her dream of successfully working creatively for a living.