My AD requested I redo my initial sketch for the following story related reasons
"Okay, we’re losing the merfolk-in-training gag. He just looks like hes being attacked and or injured. That’s not the idea. He’s like a runner who trains with weighhts on his legs, then they come off and he’s ready to kick ass.
This made a lot of sense to me so I went with the weight lifting metaphor, and came up with this
And the final image