So this is my oldest male betta, C2. I went and draw him by hand with pencil, then went pith pen on top, erased the pencil, scanned it, opened up PS, fiddled around with it till i got what i wanted figured out (more or less), and got this! I think it looks better than C2 himself, but then again, i couldnt get the little black pigments on this, nor could i get the scale lines. The eyes were the hardest part, ive never been good with eyes.
It really does look better than C2 himself, being that i couldnt meld multiple colors together, or make layers, or mask anything. I pretty much did it all with the paint brush, pencil, and smudge tools. But thats what C2 looks like in general, just not as brightly colored.