I start to illustrate native trout speices that I experienced in the past. either from a real catch or from a story telling from friends. Before I get into the deatil illustration process, I alway like to do some quick sketch. This give me some idea what is the special personality I am illustrating... try to capture "the feel"... here is some quick sketch of iwana (a native Japanese trout). I may finish them up later... : )
I like to try Pastel is because people say they are somehow similar to the oil painting... you can add a lot of layers on top of each other...maybe... I never done the oil, so I really don't know... So far it looks good in the realistic approach... I am thinking to use pastel do some more "wild" impressionism stuff... will see how things turn out... : )
ATA stand for "A Trout A day"? maybe... : P maybe "A week"...Anyway, I was testing drive this new paper while I was doing bird feeder watching this morning... The texture is a little bit "slippery" than the regular Canson drawing paper. But the 140 lb 's rigid watercolor really have it value, especially if I decide to wash in some color later... I would say... the test PASSED! I love it! : )
Eurika! I have a new idea "A Trout A Day, Healthy Stay!" I am going to sketch a lot... of little trout...use the Arches Hot Press Watercolor paper. This will allow me to wash in some colors later if the feel is right. Or I can just leave it as pencil version... I am very excited about this new plan now :O)
A very interesting and elegant bird that I really enjoy watching them. I am really surprise how little lines are enough to indicate the flight...
The water should be more greener... but for unknow reason, the photo did not show any green... maybe the camera's white balance is a bit off... Anyway, I am very very excited about this combination. Ancient art in the fish... they do tell stories... I was reading a book about First American, there are some fabulous ancient art in there... my hands was shaking when I try to paint the ancient fisherman into my fish... I can not think of another way to express my love of the ancient art!