Be­hold, fly­ing fish

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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.

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