Here’s some new artwork for Merren showing one of the central POV characters – Niah.
I made it with photoshop using a mixture of photo editing and digital drawing with a Wacom tablet (and sometimes just my mouse). In recent imaginings the merren have taken on a slightly more human appearance than they had originally. In the book there are times when they have to disguise themselves as regular humans so their features have become a bit less seal-like. I’ve allowed them to retain the large seal-like eyes and features including their colouring and speckles. In this picture the speckles were actually taken from photos of wild dolphins and some of the other skin textures are from grey seals.