An image of a little dragon swimming through a shallow, lilypad-filled lake under the watchful eye of sunbathing turtles

More of a Great Lake

Back in July, Artstation posted a top down illustration of boats rowing across a lake and I thought I’d try to do a top down illustration of the little dragons at our local lake. And then summer vacation and our ongoing house construction project intervened and two months later, here it is finally.

Both the lily pads and the turtles are Michigan native species. I’ve seen Snapping Turtles at our local lake but they are a lot less cute so I went with Spotted Turtles instead. I’m still working on developing a sense of depth and volume and moving away from a more cartoony, outlined style to a more painterly one. Overall, I’m pretty happy with the way this one turned out.