This is the actual image of a photo a friend showed of a sea turtle. She took the photo with an underwater camera while on vacation in the Turks and Caicos. I knew I needed to draw this guy so I asked her to email me the photo.
This is what he looked like (obviously it’s masculine) once I edited him in Photoshop. Sometimes I free hand when drawing a creature but the lines on this guy were just too perfect for me to freehand. (I didn’t want to mess him up) I used my lightbox to trace the outline and the parts of the shell then I started filling them in with my designs. I use different sizes of Micron pens that range from .003-08
When I was finished with this little guy (about 12 hours later), I realized he looked sort of boring just floating in the middle of the paper all alone, so I added some seaweed. Here’s the final image. I named him “Caco”. Size is 8.5×11 on white card stock.