A friend of our's is a retired firefighter and now an avid fisherman. He enjoyed seeing all of my bird drawings, and kept telling me I should draw a Chinook Salmon, which is a fish that is near and dear to the Pacific Northwest.
So he sent me a picture and I got to drawing. I'll tell the rest of the story mostly through pictures . . .
At this point I could have been done and had a perfectly fine salmon drawing, but I wasn't quite satisfied. It needed a little something extra. I felt inspired by this image that I found on Pinterest.
And landed with this.
I still can't decide if the interior swirls are pretty or just messy, I might work with them some more.... or maybe I don't need to decide. Maybe I just need to move on.
Or maybe the next step is to bring it onto my iPad and add some digital watercolor. I did that with my iguana this past weekend.
I do like salmon better now though, with the pattern added. It made it more mine.
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