It’s the second painting in two weeks. Woohoo! I’m on a roll. Well, not exactly. I’ve got a nasty cold, and I’m trying to make the best of my time indoors. Here are a few shots of the process…
It all started with a pencil sketch.
Then I blocked in the whole surface with a little bit of color.
Whoa, that was a little too light. So, I then darkened it up a bit and added some color variation along the flank.
Then I added a few more layers and highlights.
Next, I lightened the whole piece up a bit putting subtle browns in the brown trout which couldn’t be complete without a few beautiful red spots.
Finally, I added the reflection, eye detail, and mouth corner. I’m not sure it’s done yet, but I’m done for now.
On the surface, a brown trout may not be that beautiful, but have you ever really examined one up close? They are a lot like snowflakes. As a whole, they’re very similar. Study a single fish for just a moment and you start to see the unique patterns and colors each fish possesses. Then compare different trout against each other and you’ll start to see the beauty of this fish. There are no two alike. This series was originally inspired by a day on the Williams Fork early this. I caught two dozen fish in a mile stretch of the river, and I was amazed at the color and pattern difference between those fish…all caught in the same river at the same time. Now, compare a selection of the brilliantly colored fall spawners, and you’d have an ever larger spectrum to enjoy.
The first two paintings were from two trout I caught this year. The last painting was directly inspired by Rocky Mountain Angler Randy Hick’s monster brown he caught on the South Platte a few weeks ago. All paintings were done in acrylic on 5″x5″x2″ primed wooden cradle board…in case you’re interested.
Since you’re here, check out Randy’s nice brown he caught on the South Platte a few weeks ago.
Here are a few pencil sketches I made of various Colorado coldwater gamefish – Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Colorado River Cutthroat, Greenback Cutthroat, Brook Trout, and Mountain Whitefish.
Originally, I wanted some art for my living room, but I was too cheap to buy it. I hadn’t drawn anything in years (like 20), and I didn’t really know if I could pull it off. Who would have known that it would rekindle my interest in drawing and painting.
Brown Trout, Salmo trutta, pencil, 2009
Rainbow Trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss, pencil, 2009
Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, Oncorhynchus clarki pleuriticus, pencil, 2009
Greenback Cutthroat Trout, Oncorhynchus clarki stomias, pencil, 2009
Brook Trout, Salvelinus fontinalis, pencil, 2009
Mountain Whitefish, Prosopium williamsoni, pencil, 2009
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