I am glad to say I’ve finally finished this beautiful, colorful fish called a Mandarin Goby or Mandarin Fish. It was a genuine challenge from start to finish. Between striving to get smooth, silky textures for the skin and trying to mix colors to look as it does in real life, this kept me thinking and guessing all the way through.
I will admit that it’s not my favorite of my drawings, and that for the time being, I’m not even sure I like it that much, but it’s finished anyway, and I think it will grow on me eventually. Not that I don’t like it…but it was just such a vastly different subject matter than what I’m used to.
It’s been interesting. 🙂
– 8×10 inch Ampersand scratchboard
– I used a #11 X-Acto knife, a wide-blade scratchboard tool (not sure of the technical name), and a small fiberglass brush for this.
– Colored with Ampersand Inks, which were applied with very small paintbrushes. The inks were heavily diluted in water and applied in numerous layers, making the fish more and more vibrant with each of the dozen or so layers of color. Corrections were made with a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Brush Tip pen.
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