Behold, flying fish
I haven’t worked on the fish at all since the sketch, so they’re only shapeless blobs at this point. I work out their basic shapes and colours while taking care to maintain their direction, because it’s important to the composition. I’m leaving the brushstrokes fairly rough and simple. There’s no need to render them too much, because a couple of scales drawn on top are enough to make the fish look finished.
Fins are the new hair
After painting all those fish, I’m still in the mood for painting fins, so I work up the character’s hair: actually, a sort of mohawk made of many layered fins. The shape of her hairstyle mirrors the curve of the wave behind, which helps increase the feeling of movement. I also add a fin running down her spine, to create a bit of a connection between the head and the body.