Magical Mermaid Stella

'Magical Mermaid Stella' is an original project I've had in mind the last couple of years. It started as just a fun Mermay illustration, where I imagined my character, Stella, as a magical mermaid girl. This idea was inspired by popular magical girl anime like Sailor Moon and Madoka Magika. This piece generated a whole story surrounding Stella, her her friends and the town she lives in. 

Stella and her friends didn't expect to die that day. They certainly didn't expect to grow tails, and gain mysterious powers either. However, it is clear to them that in order to return to their normal lives, they need to save this cursed town, one local at a time. Sirens, mermaids, ancient curses, Greek Gods and most of all, love; this is what our story is about.

I used this project as an opportunity to generate some character designs for my main cast. It also gave me a lot of room to have fun, and create ideas for some of the locals! Because of my strong passion for birds and anthropomorphic characters, this universe is populated by, you guessed it! Mostly birds. A lot of these design make use of real life birds, while others combine elements from different birds to make new ones! As an example, Captain Larossa is heavily based on an Inca Tern, a bird that has a sick moustache above its beak! Stella, on the other hand, is only vaguely based on a duck.

My project is still in early development. I would love to turn my story into a game, or an animation one day!

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The locals

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Hi dude, I’m Dude! Nice to meet ya! Wait, what was I talking about again? Oh yes, cereals!

Primrose: Mommy said you can have this lollipop if you want! Patrick: C-can I go home now?

Greetings! My name is Lydia O’Howl. Ah... you’ve heard of my husband? Ha ha... lovely...

Aha! A new face in town? Name’s Gemma. Hope we can get along. Stop by if you want some fresh veg!

Timmy. I don’t like you. Bye.

Me? You don’t know who I am?! You youngsters have never heard of Captain Larossa? Fools!

Jason, but everyone calls me Jay. Yes, I know that I’m not an actual jay- Whatever.

Look, newbie. you don’t talk to me, I don’t cause you any trouble? Deal? My name? None of your business.

Yo! Name’s Ocean. Wanna go swimmin’?! I’ll race you to the beach! 3,2,1 GO!

H-hi! I love dinosaurs, ice cream, sunflowers, watermelon, slippers, cake- Oh and my name is Bee!

Oh hello! A new customer! Welcome to Mike’s parlour! How many scoops will it be?

Huh? What are you doing in this wreck of a town? Run while you still can kid. Trust Hank. 

Howard, truly a pleasure. What do you say I give you a ride in my EXPENSIVE yacht once?

The end is near. Run, she is coming.

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Stella and her friends

Here are some ideas for Stella's friends and their mermaid designs. The main cast is still a work in progress, because of how important they are!

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