Originally Posted by CyerRyn
2 more attempts. I know they need a lot of work, I may give up on Betta's as models. :( I'm just not talented enough to capture their beauty, though I might try oils rather than acrylics.
Have you thought of using Watercolour? It can sometimes be a more difficult medium to work with, but you can pick up the pencil version of watercolours to help with the control that a paintbrush sometimes doesn't give. Acrylics are a very opaque paint, and are often very matte in their application. Sometimes adding a light coat of varnish or sealing medium helps.
Another thought is Mixed Media. You can use different sorts of paint or pencil medium to create the look you want.
And keep at it. It takes time. My suggestion? Use a graph or grid on a picture when you sketch out the initial lines of the fish. This will help keep proportions where they need to be. You can make your own removable grid by using an Overhead projector sheet, permanent markers and a ruler. Just follow the lines on the ruler to make the squares.