Quick Fish Studies

Here are some quick studies of fish for this week, I thought the continuous-line drawing would be a little more challenging on fish as there aren’t so many face details to work with. I found that you can get a surprising range of expression and interesting body structure into your fish studies using this type of drawing.

Emerging Seahorse

During this painting I realised that perhaps flicking spots of paint about isn't as interesting as I thought it was, it just makes the painting look a mess, a mess you can't easily mop up. I wanted the sea horse to unveil through a tangle of reeds but I got a bit scared and started flicking paint around instead of creating some considered shapes. I'll get there eventually.

This painting was made in watercolour, ink, and white pen.

Messy Siberian Tiger

I experimented with carbon transfer paper for this piece. Slipping carbon paper under the original hand-drawn image, then redrawing over the image is so much easier as it leaves a bold copy of the drawing behind on the watercolour paper. Also carbon doesn’t dissolve away when water is added, so no need for ink! This image was brought to you by that wonderful carbon paper, watercolour, white pen and ink.