I’ve had my turtle since 2004. It was a gift from my dear friend Stephanie. She gave me two, and unfortunately only one survived. I don’t think my tank was big enough. This little guy has since gone through many-a-tank. He’s now in a square turtle tank. I think he likes it alright.
I took this photo while I was giving is tank a thorough cleaning and replacing the filter. I thought he would want to swim around for a bit; instead, he found a nice corner and just floated there and pondered. He’s so thoughtful.
My turtle has been explicit inspiration for me a few other times.
When I updated his tank a while back I put a blue post it on top of a little lamp next to the tank. I call the effect, “Club Turdy”. I made this when I was writing text straight onto the image.
Here’s an 8.5″x11″
And of course, Turdy inspired “Turtle Cat”, a favorite in the Lorna Alkana Art circles. If I had a mascot, Turtle Cat would be it. I drew this when I was making a drawing a day with different themes. The theme was favorite animal. I drew my turtle and my duplexer’s cat, Toni. I used the animals as live models. They enjoyed the attention. At this point in my art I was using colored pencils and a light box. Pre-Photoshop fun.
Turtle Cat even made it onto a set of cards I made for Valentine’s Day a while back: