I decided to try something new, which may or may not have been a good idea, but I gotta expand my comfort zone. Right? Right. I tried for light and delicate background, but, you know, I'm SUCH a fan of the bright colours I couldn't help it.
Doing the reflections on the water was pretty damned trippy. Mike sent me a link for how Bob Ross does it, how Mike does it on his paintings, but oil is different than India Ink and I was a little worried. Mijello Mission Gold paints are so vibrant, but the black still wouldn't have been dark enough. I used the ink and watered it down, trying to get the reflection the same and pull it down with a flat brush, but the only one I had was way too big and kinda blah so I ended up buying a new brush! In the meantime I went for it and while it's not perfect it's not terrible so yeah. Bright and happy at least!
For my colouring I took a watercolour paper and blended three Distress Inks into it for the water. Then I used some PH Martin's bleedproof white for the bubbles. And I coloured the boy right quick. I tried to anatomical correctness, but I think I made him look a little too pudgy. Ah well, live and learn! He's still cute. The tiger fish on the other hand could definitely be better. Ugh.