Here is the pencil sketch of old Seal Breath. I scanned it into my computer and darkened the line. I vectorized the sketch so that it was a separate editable shape. Then I filled in the blacks and whites.
Next, I pulled up an old abstract acrylic painting that I already had in my digital library (I have over 100 to choose from). I like to use these as backgrounds, textures, and fills. I placed the whale on the abstract and then cropped it as a background. I adjusted the colors and used a digital air brush to drop in a shadow. I added a couple of outlines as a frame (this is an easy step that gives a piece a nice finished look.)
Ladies and Gentlemen, Here to sing his hauntingly beautiful rendition of "Ave Maria", I present Sir Seal Breath.