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How can I paint Underwater Sea, like in this still from a film called 'The Red Turtle'.
Start with a gradient background.
Add some noise.
Copy the figures and add some distortion.
Adjust layer opacity.
I re-watched the sequence in the original film, and as far as I can tell, most sea surface effects in that film are done in a 3d application. Or at the very least a displacement with lighting.
In any case, it is NOT hand painted.
The basic approach is explained in tutorials such as these:
Or you can fake it in Photoshop:
Or use a stock photo of the sea surface from below, and use that.