After some time away for other projects, I'm back onto the reef. Completing this corner really got me excited because it's starting to come together. It looks like nearly a third of the drawing is done.
This coral got the best of me. I found at least four photos linking it to the Great Barrier Reef or the Indo-Pacific area, but no where could I find out what it is called. But I wanted it in my drawing, so I put it there. It appears to be a pink soft coral with yellow polyps that grows in clusters like grapes. I used peach and blush pink for the highlight areas, carmine red and poppy red for the midtones, and poppy and tuscan reds for the shadows. I went over it all with the blender. The yellow polyps are spanish orange and yellowed orange.
The surrounding area is a mixture of hard corals creating the support structure for the outcropping. Hard corals are the "reef-builders" that the soft corals attach to. I wanted this area to be dark so the bright damselfish and bannerfish would stand out. I used a lot of black and tuscan red, and also three shades of warm grey, poppy red, mulberry, slate grey, white, blush pink and olive. I blended with the blender (I do that a lot, don't I?).
Now, which part comes next...?