i am not certain i like how the body looks so uniform in the ribbing. in time i may figure out that and how to correct it.
i think. i should add a bit more subsurface scattering next time as well. it looks beautiful on the head, but the tail did not come out as well. also, if i had been thinking properly before setting for the final render, i would have made the dorsal fin viewable. but, i really liked the position of the branch coral that was next to the seahorse. i also should have dampened the ambient lighting down a bit. but, i was going for a more aquarium look to the lighting, not a reef look in the lighting.
this was an excellent learning experience. i have grown to quite like using a wacom intuos3 instead of a mouse.