Art Trades part 3: Betta Fish for Tara

Time to show another art trade! This one I drew for Tara Santoro. She’s always rescuing underwater creatures, and I thought I’d draw a grateful betta fish for her. I used colored pencils and Micron Pens for this piece. (the giant copyright is not on Tara’s card 😀 )betta-fish

After I sent the fish to his new owner, I thought about what else I could do with Mr. Betta (male betta fish have the beautiful huge fins. My cousin taught me that) So I put Mr. Betta into Photoshop, set a layer above him on Multiply and painted away to give him a little extra “oomph”. Then I set a layer behind him, and painted the water and shadows. I initially thought to put him in a beautiful aquarium like the ones Tara sets up, but I liked the idea that maybe this fish was swimming somewhere free.I have a soft spot for betta fish  🙂


I had such a nice time working on these art trades, and I’m very glad I got to share them with you! I hope you’ve enjoyed them as well.

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