Green turtle in ink

Liquitex ink, FW pearlescent liquid acrylic on 300gsm watercolour paper.

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The shell was done in turquoise, and then I did a wash of green over the body before doing the painstaking work of painting in each little circle…

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I had to fill in piece by piece, starting with non-adjacent circles, and then coming back to fill in the gaps once those had dried.

I finished off with the pearlescent ink over parts of the shell, which neither photographs nor scans very well, but trust me that shell is SHINY.

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The scan also didn’t seem to pick up the green hues very well.