Here is todays sketch, it is Cuddly the Cuttlefish! The original pencil sketch is there, and the digital re-draw. I dont use live trace or anything like that (although i have in the past, and it is really cool.) Instead i place the jpg of the pencil sketch into illustrator, then trace it with the paintbrush to get the outline right. With the wacom i can use the pressure and get some nice organic outlines.
For the colors i went to this cool site, and typed in ‘fish’ into the palette search and found a zillion nice sea-color-palettes.