We all love fairytale-like love stories. Here’s a simple heartwarming story in combination with a unique type of illustration – this is what makes the internet a better place.
Andy Ivanov a talented Ukrainian artist created a touching mermaid story called “May, the Mermaid of Lily Lake” that quickly has become a hit on the internet. He got the attention of his over 300,000 followers by sharing one piece of the beautiful story at a time, leaving thousands of people holding their breath until the next episode. In addition to artistic storytelling, exquisite digital artwork is very eye-pleasing.
Mermaids have fascinated mankind for as long as we can remember. The very first myths about merfolk originated around 1000 BC: Ancient Syrians had a goddess who turned into a fish when she jumped into a lake and only her bottom half turned into a fish because she was so beautiful. The legendary Christopher Columbus said he saw mermaids near Haiti in 1493, and in his opinion, they were “not as pretty” as they were reported, and looked a lot like men. While Captain John Smith claimed he spotted a green-haired mermaid in 1614 near Newfoundland, the captain fell in love with her at first sight, and that is until he realized she was part fish. Scientists believe that what sailors take to be mermaids are actually manatees and dugongs. But some of us still believe real mermaids are still out there.
The artist shared with us how long it takes him to create this story: “One part of 12 frames took me a month and a half. Overall, it could take about a month, but after each illustration, I left a few days to tease the audience.” Andy Ivanov told us that his style is inspired by Disney, Pixar, and DreamWorks. The main message behind his art is: “Love and respect nature. Do not try to own it.” The artist also shared with us that part 2 is the last in the series, but he will be sharing some illustrations about the life of this couple in the future, so if you’re interested – follow him on Instagram.
“Please, live… I’ll bring you a Petal of Life”
“Do you see this beast?”
“Good job, boy! We got her!”
“What have I done?… She will not survive in captivity… I must somehow help her…”
“I’ll bring you home…”
“- I’m so, so sorry… Please be free again. – Hey boy! Do not do what you want to do, or I’ll shoot you!”
“Petal of Life… I kept it in my hand, from the beginning”
“You will live, you will live…”
“Wake up… The sun rose ”
“I’m alive, but how is this possible? — Come with me, I will show you something…”
“It’s him again! We can hide in a secret place that I wanted to show you…”
“He won’t find us. We’re safe here”
“Lily is my life. I gave you part of me, the petal, and you…”
“Here you are! Gotcha!?”
“What is it here? It’s my precious — If he picks the flower, I’ll die…”
“DO NOT touch the…”
“Oh no, no… It’s all because of me…”
“I’m so so sorry… my love…”