I decided to do a clearer image of what the creature would look like before moving on to the body. It's pretty much the same, but I decided to take the stylized arms in the last sketch and turn them into fins. They're basically the underwater equivalent of batwings, with little claws on the ends, or if you prefer, they're like the wings on the Laputa robots. I've started making the body and painting it. The paint job is nowhere near done, and it's still missing a leg, but all in all I'm pretty happy.
It has a twisted wire armature. The torso is done in Sculpy and covered in Model Magic, the limbs are entirely Model Magic. I wanted to work with the crackliness that the head has and make it part of the monster's skin. The webbing between his toes is made from green printing on grocery bags. I hot glued the plastic to thin Scuply claws and then covered them with model magic to hide the rough edges and glue. When it's finished, select parts of it will be glazed to make it look wet.
He is in this pose because he is going to be climbing up the side of a ship, he is not dancing.