Ocean Char

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    I recently had a chance to go to a friend's house for dinner on the day he received this Arctic Char from the Coppermine River. I went over with a bottle of white wine, photographed the fish, ate it and then drew it. The drawing part took days.....
    Seen as is on Flickr, a ton of detail is not visible compared to original which is around 20 inches long.

    My char was done on Crescent Cold Press Illustration Board 100% Rag Acide-Free Medium Textured Surface. I used a combination of Faber-Castell Polychromos and Derwent color pencils. This illustration took over 50 hours. Thanks to Joe Evyagotailak for providing specimen.

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    ruagaire, dog.happy.art, Paulo A., and 13 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Fred Muller 40 months ago | reply

      Beautiful , like always :)

    2. Fox Four Photography [deleted] 40 months ago | reply

      Wow, nice one!

    3. mayfly_66 40 months ago | reply

      gorgeous as always

    4. John Sikkila 40 months ago | reply

      Well done!.....Doesn't get any better!....Beautiful!

    5. ruagaire 40 months ago | reply

      a most beautiful reminiscence

    6. Paul - Herts 40 months ago | reply

      I love all of your fish art Paul, incredible detail and I can understand the hours you spend on something like this. Did you train as an artist or is it natural skill plus many dedicated hours?

    7. Brad Clarance 40 months ago | reply

      Impressive illustration Paul

    8. Fish as art 40 months ago | reply

      Never trained in the arts. Just trying very hard....

    9. Paul - Herts 40 months ago | reply

      Bravo Paul, I spent 4 years training as an illustrator and would be very proud of work of this quality. I gave it up as I found that commercial art wasn't for me and it is only very recently, almost 20 years later, that I have started painting again. It's a struggle as I am trying to unlearn everything that I learned as I can only paint in somebody else's style. Yours is your own so stick with it!

    10. J Henry G 40 months ago | reply

      Wonderful! Your skills impress me!

    11. kat cruickshank 40 months ago | reply

      only 50 hours ;-) you speed demon. This is very lovely. It's been a long time since i did anything in coloured pencil, you're inspiring me....

    12. John Sikkila 40 months ago | reply

      Love the "coppery " tones of the char......Beautifully done Paul......And a very Merry Christmas to you and yours.....

    13. fly4fish 40 months ago | reply

      Very nice work!

    14. Sindrinn 40 months ago | reply

      What a great work!

    15. Anders Mohlin 40 months ago | reply

      This is without a doubt my favorite all categories when it comes to fish for eating. not a bad sport either. I really admire your patience and the amazing result of it. a very Happy New Year to you .

    16. dog.happy.art 40 months ago | reply

      Very well done.

    17. funkyfoton 40 months ago | reply

      Simply magnificent!

    18. amythyst_lake 38 months ago | reply

      Your drawings are just stunning.

    19. nickkuchmak 37 months ago | reply

      insane detail. This is a gorgeous fish

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