Here is my finished Salamalican. And below are my steps to create it as well as the community submissions.
My main pushes for the new design were to make sure the gullet felt like a flexible membrane instead of just a jug-jaw and that the 'S' shape of the body was clear to read and anatomically believable.
Most of the inking was pretty straight forward other than the texture on the gullet. I kept looking to my pelican reference for texture guidance.
The color selections were pretty straight forward when looking at the reference photos, it was just a matter of using different layers to establish where those color areas started and stopped: The main skin vs the beak, the gullet vs the minnows, etc.
Below you can again see the final rendered colors with a border and type applied.
But, as this is a community event, I wanted to share all the other entries posted in the Discord (some are works-in-progress I've been told). I awarded a prize and we voted together on a few more (prize winners marked with *) on Monday's Twitch stream and we all enjoyed seeing what each other had done. I hope we get even more participants next month (first Friday!)