Happy Friday! Woo hoo! The weekend is nearly here! And the weather has cooled just a few degrees here, not much, but enough that l am not swollen like a balloon and l can bend my knees again! The evenings cool off beautifully now and to sit out in the garden and watch the hummingbirds and lizards whilst we eat dinner makes every day special. I took delivery recently of a huge heritage seed parcel and l am so looking forward to growing stuff again. I have big plans for the vegetable garden and can't wait to get going. At the minute though it is too hot (and the wrong time of year) to be starting seeds off so l have to content myself with my artwork instead! And l am only too happy to do that.
l so enjoyed drawing the last fish that l decided that l needed to make it a pair. The only problem is that the picture l have chosen for my reference photo is of a totally different colored fish! And it won't make a good pair with the first. This will only give me an excuse to draw a third sometime soon, which will make the pair.
This second fish is much softer in color, on the body anyway and l am enjoying trying to achieve the pearlescent effect that l see in the photo.
One of the things that really appeals to me about drawing these fish is the wonderful shapes they make. I love the way that their fins swirl and twirl. They are like little color explosions on the page. In the picture below you can see that l have begun working on the tail fin, it still needs more contrast and finer detail but you get a glimpse of the gorgeous colors in this fish.
It might seem silly but l really feel like l get to know the individual creature that l am drawing. To some extent l do l suppose, if you gave me hundreds of pictures of these fish, l could almost certainly pick out the one that l drew. It always feels important to me that when l draw l am not drawng a Siamese Fighting Fish, but l am drawing this particular Siamese Fighting Fish, unique, with its own individual personality and character. More than anything else, l want to express this personality in everything that l draw. I hope that whoever owns this fish could look at my work and say, 'that is my fish', not, 'that looks like my fish'. My aim is to get a little closer to the goal with every drawing.