Ray Fillet, or Man Ray, as he’s known in the Archie Comics series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, is, as you’ve probably guessed from his name alone, a mutant manta ray in a wet suit. But he’s… turqoise? Manta rays aren’t turquoise. They’re shades of tan and/or brown!
So I decided to split the difference, and painted him somewhere between tan and pale green. I also thought his wet suit didn’t look authentic enough — Most wet suits that I see are darker cool colors, with bright-color highlights, making divers easier to spot.
I then covered him in icky black muck, because there was an oil spill.
Environmentalism was a huge theme of the TMNT Adventures comics, so having pollution negatively impact a character who primarily is known for his appearances in that book just made sense to me.
Man Ray/Ray Fillet and all TMNT characters are owned by Nickelodeon.