But I'm still not ready to leave real critters. So...
I made a sea dragon (:
'Dragon of the Sea'. 6.5" x 9.8" Acrylic on dictionary page.
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They're also so intricate and involved all by themselves, I decided not to pair it with anything else in today's painting. I love the feral look in its eye, but I might play with its colors in photoshop to see if other colors would have suited it better.
...Okay, so I've played with it and come up with these: