Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Trout and Salmon


Here are a couple of fishy characters. The splashes of color in the background was accomplished by using a small bottle with a needle applicator. The bottles were filled with various colors of watercolor, then sprayed on the paper. Additional drops of clear water were sprayed on to soften some of the edges.

10 comments:

Deborah said...

Great work on these two guys. I really like your backgrounds. Thanks for the explaination.

Lin said...

These are FABULOUS, Jeff! The colors SPARKLE just like the fish!!!

Arty Lady's blog said...

I really like your work but this is the first time I think I have commented. Your background is SUPERB!

Fantastic work.

Linda said...

Great work -- I love the background effect, and know exactly the type of bottle you are talking about. I never thought to use it in this way!

brian nelson said...

They look great! Nice job.

good with color said...

They are such happy looking fish! You did a beautiful job and I'm very impressed with the spraying on technique. It really looks like underwater!Now I want to go spray my bedroom walls! good thing I don't have a bottle like that. what sort of bottle (like what comes in it) do you mean? If that's not giving away a secret method.

Jeff (trout bum) said...

Thanks everyone for the kind comments!

"good with color" - These bottles are called Oiler Boilers. You can see what they look like on Cheap Joe's site at : http://www.cheapjoes.com/art-supplies/4951_oiler-boilers.asp

Oops, now the secret is out (ha).

juj said...

These are just beautiful. The colors are glorious, and I really like the combination of the controlled line work with the chaotic background. Thanks for sharing your technique for the water. It looks like so much fun. I will be trying that myself for sure.

Emma Pod said...

Nice fish, beautiful colors. I enjoyed browsing through your blog!

phthaloblu said...

Who would have ever thought that fish could be so beautiful! But these are! Wonderful work.