Nothing like a middle of August illustration. I made the sketch in my Recycled Dragonfly Journal awhile back during the year. Not till today did I decide to digitally color the black and white scan; didn't want to hand color because gradient tones were a must for the color schemes, and aquatic themes (especially the mermaid's tail).
I chose color schemes that remind me of saltwater taffy and tropical fruits or coral, used the burn and dodge tool for lighting, added scales in a different program, and added those oh so pretty water ripples using an electric fantasy brush.
The water nymph looks at her fish friend, "See, my hair just gets longer" she says, her friends admiring the display.