Conveying the sense of light streaming through water was perhaps the biggest challenge and the most enjoyable part of this painting. I gathered a bunch of reference, only a fraction shown here, and leaned hard on James Gurney’s Color and Light to figure everything out. And, my buddy Lars‘s kraken painting (above right) was a badass guide as well.
In other news, I recently found out my literate squid painting created for Tor.com’s short story “Ch-ch-changes” by Michael Bishop was accepted to Spectrum 19! Huzzah!
Thanks for reading,