New Fish Art - Speckled Trout and Redfish

I'm loving using this Gyotaku ("fish rubbing") technique to paint the fish I catch. The old, raw look is really cool sometimes, leaving just a monotone black & white image, but lately I've been exploring some fully-involved color studies. For paintings here, I picked a spotted seatrout (or speckled trout, or "Speck" as they're better known on the panhandle) and redfish I caught over in West Bay / Panama City Beach to really try and replicate the natural, vibrant colors they exhibit when they're alive. Those specks have got such a cool, mirror-like sheen that reflects just about every color you can think of, and it's crazy work to try and translate that with dull, opaque paint. Still I gave it a shot. I started with a traditional grayish, monotone print pulled directly off the fish (mostly just so I could work quick and then still clean and eat the fish), and once those were dry I used acrylic paint to meticulously add thin glazes of color on top of the underlying "fish print". My work is usually a little more off the wall in terms of composition, structure, color, whatever, but I'm kinda digging these focused color studies. Anyway, lemme know whatcha think.



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  • Richie Gudzan says...

    Nick – tough to say because some of it was wet-in-wet, and some was done after the underlying layers were dry. Probably 20+ over the course of a few weeks (same thing for the Speckled Trout). I really enjoy that process, though lately I’ve started keeping the layers much thinner and less numerous, letting the underlying “fish print” show through a little more.

    December 13, 2016

  • Nick Atkins says...

    I think your fish prints are pretty awesome. You say you’re using thin glazes of acrylic. How many layers of color would you say you used one the redfish?

    November 21, 2016

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