I've just come across these sketches, in watercolour and metallic felt tips, that were done towards the 1st project (good old 'Change') in my foundation year. My idea was Change in the sense of Metamorphosis but it did not go down well with my tutors ... as mermaids 'aren't real'; fair enough maybe, as clearly there would be no chance of observational drawing.
This early 'rejection' left me feeling really quite dejected and disheartened, and questioning my ideas and also skills ... as I had in fact done quite a bit of work on fish - their colours, their markings, their luminosity, their fleshiness ... resulting in the paintings of trout and mackerel below. So one of the mermaids is really quite 'trouty' and another a 'mackerel mermaid'.
It is good to have come across all these watercolour pieces again - maybe a tendency towards illustration was already making itself felt, and I can now look at the mermaids without feeling they are a bit naff.
ps. In the end I changed tack completely on the 'Change' brief - I became aware of what I was actually looking at while dejectedly mulling it over early one morning: the changing light, and also condensation, on the bedroom window as the day dawned; this became my subject matter.