Thursday, April 17, 2008

Blue Butterfly Tail

Now that my graphic eye was turned on, I scanned the Chinese Goldfish book for another fish to paint. On the very same page I found one:

The book describes this fish as:

Variegated butterfly tail with reversed gills

But for me, the bright orange and white colors distracted from the strong graphic image of the fish. So I went with Payne gray in my water color interpretation of it. I also took another look at the anatomy of fish scales and devised a new method for portraying them. Here is the result (click to enlarge).

Again, I employed the dry brush method and used a wash with paint pooling for the eyes. I thought the paint would never dry and had a fear that I would smudge it, but that didn't happen. I like how the paint in the tail seems to be different colors, but it is not. It is all just Payne gray. I am in love with this color! I am somewhat happier with how the scales turned out, but not yet thrilled.

This is the mate to the Black Butterfly Tail. I wanted to paint a trio, and did attempt it, but it never worked out. As usual, your comments are welcome.


thonnibg said...

I just wonder what the next master piece will be.

Sh@ney said...

You are so right Sue, there is so much more detail in your drawing than the picture...It is marvellous! And no blushing darling you know your good!...*winks*

Sh@ney said...

Oh my bad, all this time I was thinking it was a drawing & suddenly it clicked 'like a diva wearin 9 inch on a marble floor'...Doh! Sorry!

Doug said...

The scales turned out really well on this one; they make a more interesting design than the previous one's did. Great job, Sue.

YvesPaul said...

Sue, you're so talented. Awesome.

Sue said...

Thank you all for your comments. You guys are very sweet.