I hope you're well and have enjoyed your weekend- depending on your time zone you may still be enjoying it!
Fine weather has meant I've gotten lots done on my Archelon picture. Typical- the first lovely weekend for a month and I'm indoors! My progress is at the end of this post (it's not finished yet). The camera flash shows at the bottom of the image, and the actual painting is more green/ less blue.
If you've got the time, I'd love to hear your suggestions!
What I plan to do:
1. finish armour on main turtle's head
2. paint rear turtle's shell and reflected light patterns on it (like on the main turtle's belly)
3. paint top turtle
4. brighten smoke/ cracks in seabed
5. add fish among the coral, a mosasaur (to establish the prehistoric setting), and maybe a school of fish in the background if it won't look too crowded
6. add reflected red-orange light on turtles/ coral from smoke/ cracks
7. add bubbles from turtle flippers/ mouths, a few coming from the cracks, coming from under a rock etc
8. indicate water surface and light rays
9. sparingly sharpen some background coral (I think it's a bit too fuzzy overall, even taking atmospheric perspective into account)
10. enhance some highlights on main turtle so it stands out
11. the main turtle's neck may need correction as the shadows looks a bit odd
12. fix bottom-right foreground so it doesn't look crap!
Thanks very much for reading, and I greatly appreciate your time and feedback.