I first created the net using the pen tool in adobe illustrator. then impotred it into photoshop for the simpler task of marqueeing shapes. i made the tops of the waves by layering circles. they make the sea seem calm and help create a boundarie between sea and air.
To improve the contrast i made the sea darker, using the gradient tool to create the effect of sunlit water. The lightness behind the net helps bring focus to the fish in the net. I created the fish by layering differnet coloured shapes. i used the purple fish to create the back of the net amd to help show up the other brighter colours. i used bright colours to show the importance of the fish.
I wanted to create some atmosphere under the water so i used dark shades of blue to create a sunken ship and shadows. i like the contrast of the 3 small fishs' shadows compared to the net, they seem to be swimming slowly and sadly, where as the fish in the net look frantic. i also added extra netting by simply copying the orignal net and turning it.