I was inspired by the blue crab for this illustration - both the shape and especially the colors. As with the turtle, I prefer to work on 19x24 bristol paper. I first set down the general composition and shape of the turtle and added the detail in the claws more randomly. I decided not to add lines to the body of the crab given the detail in the rest of the composition.
I had a specific color scheme in mind and I first painted some areas orange and blue before adding multiple layers of the same texture. I retain highlights by creating a layer mask. (Drag your graphic or texture to the icon that is circled) I repeated this step a few times to add dimension to the illustration.
Prints and things are available.
Check out the time lapse video for both the drawing and digital painting process.