Well, the little girl asked for it, and here is the start.
Because the shape is so complex, I went back to basics and began with carefully scaling-up the photo I had chosen. Do you remember doing this method at school?
It is a labourious process.
And although it will take a while, I'll rub out all the grid lines. I put them in very lightly, so the paper shouldn't get scuffed. I generally don't use erasers.
|Scaling up an image using a square grid.|
Here are some of the reference photos I took. I want to make the curves and folds of the tail and fins look plausible, so I need to know how she (he?) moves.
Although it is less dynamic than some other poses, this image below is the one I'll be using, to 'go' with the other profile views. The fish paintings will then make a good set.
I can always do other poses another time if I want to.
I even took a video clip. I can freeze images off it if I need to see a particular angle.