The Nautilus Coil

 

Well, I have managed to make a small amount of progress on the second seahorse.  I have almost completed the tail and recently began playing with the lower body, most notably bringing more orange color in and connecting the fin spines to the body.  I like how they look in the real image, so I am trying to reproduce that.  When I finish this guy, I am going to come back with a better with a better background even though the seahorse itself will be cut and pasted into the project it was made for.

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Swimming in Circles

Sorry for the lack of posts lately.  Work was crazy the last two weeks and my computer has been fighting me making Gimp unusable for a week with my pen pad getting bogged down.  This seems to happen periodically, frustrating the hell out of me.  Anyway, I have been working my way up the tale and am happy with how the tip looks further back now as it should be.  Took some time off the tail to work on shaping and improving the fin, again I am happy with the results.  I had a heck of a time thinning out a haze layer behind the spikes enough so that you get a subtle hint of the webbing in between instead of a cartoon fin.

In the Final Stretch …

Coming around the final bend it’s Seabiscuit followed closely by Fishtail.  I am in the home stretch with the green dwarf seahorse painting and I am very pleased with the lower portion of the animal.  The tone and effects are close to the picture with only small adjustments necessary.  I am really hoping to finish before the year is out.

Sleepy with the Fishes

 

Well, here is a little more progress on the seahorse project.  I haven’t been able to put much time in lately but I have made a lot of headway on the subtle folds and shaping around the head.  In addition, I worked out the change in color around the mouth to bring it out.  Finally, I began redoing the white crustiness layer and am fairly happy with where it is going.