Aquarium Fish Collector

Name's Tank. He's a professional deep sea fish collector who enjoys the occasional riverside catch. 

I designed this character off of the old hammered bronze scuba gear of the mid to late 1800s. It took a while before I decided to go the cartoony route; He started out as an emotionless walking ecosystem—a concept that still seems worth fleshing out. 

Always exploring new methods in creating digital art, this is the first time I've tried simply selecting and painting each color individually rather than my burn-dodge method and/or use of vectors. I'm always amazed at how the professionals I watch will paint the entire scene on one or two layers. As you can see on the right, I prefer to organize just about everything into layers. This makes it so I don't have to worry about painting over edges as much, especially when it comes to the background of a scene—though I can see how continuous painting on one layer could save time if you know what you're doing. 

Contemplating what to put in this photo is how this project started. Once I settled on an aquarium robot, I soon decided to paint-in a simplified scene to bring more attention to the character.