^ I begin patterning the first tentacle: spots!
^ I decide on seven spots per tentacle. The remainder is colored as well.
^ Pulling back to show my progress. Two down, four to go!
^ I color in between the sucker pads.
^ Spots added to two more tentacles.
^ Spots colored; remainder slowly gains color.
^ I apply Canary Yellow and Yellowed Orange as I go down the tentacle.
^ I stop with Yellowed Orange before removing the artist tape and Post-It Notes.
^ Three down, three to go!
^ The sucker pads get a complementary priming layer.
^ Green sucker pads on purple = yes.
^ I add the sixth tentacle's spots.
^ Singled out with Post-Its and artist tape.
^ Yellow Chartreuse added around spots.
^ I color around each spot, progressing with Yellow Chartreuse, Canary Yellow, Yellowed Orange, Orange, Red Orange, Crimson Red, and Raspberry (see below).
^ The Oaxactopus at its current state!
Stage 3 spanned roughly 3 hours, 22 minutes; I worked on and off throughout the day, taking breaks to rest my hand. It's filling out again, but my thumb got to the soreness point of staying indented when I pressed on it.