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Turtle Beach

Updated: Apr 27

I came up with the idea for this one while staring at the blank canvas. I was examining the little open hexagons and thought to myself, 'Those would look great as a turtle shell!' and after looking up some resource images for sea turtles, was on my way to creating this little seaside gem.

Preparing the Canvas

  • Utilized Liquitex brand coarse texture medium to create textured beach surface.

  • Applied with silicone-tipped tool, leaving water area untouched.

  • Mixed sandy hue using primary colors: red, yellow, white, and blue.

  • Sculpted turtle using Liquitex brand modeling paste and silicone tool.

Painting the Scene

  • Defined shoreline with white wash using Princeton Select #3 round brush.

  • Enhanced turtle's features with Winsor & Newton brand raw umber.

  • Added Winsor & Newton Phthalo blue with Liquitex gel gloss medium for transparent water.

  • Crafted waves with Princeton Select 1/2" oval mop brush and natural sea sponge.

Adding Depth and Texture

  • Added details with Posca marker in white 0.7mm.

  • Filled turtle's eyes with black 0.7mm Posca.

  • Applied more washes of color to water to maintain distinction between shore and sea.

Detailing and Finishing Touches

  • Layered Phthalo blue on turtle's shell with sponge for texture.

  • Sculpted sand dollar and seashells with Liquitex modeling paste, and pressed down with my fingers.

  • Added more interference blue on shells and highlights with apple green Posca.

Final Considerations on Varnishing

  • Opted out of varnish this time.

  • Considered spray-on type for compatibility with Posca markers and textured surfaces.

  • Would choose glossy varnish for water and matte for everything else to maintain distinction.

Check out the following links to get the same paints and brushes that I used!

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