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Weird Fish - view 1
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Published: August 7, 2010
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This is one of my newer sculptures (one of the two dozen half-finished projects I started this last month that I actually managed to finish). I'm not even sure what I originally intended with this piece, other than being inspired by deep sea angler fish.

I put a lot of work into sculpting the details, and then ended up obliterating much of that detail because it made this piece look too much like a model of a real fish, and it's not a real fish, it's a strange entity from my subconscious, perhaps masquerading as a fish. Anyway, I'm glad I made those changes, because otherwise I think it would have ended up as a much tamer piece.

The materials that went into it vary, but it's mostly sculpey, with a lot of acrylic medium on top.
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LittleAMissEpic's avatar
LittleAMissEpic|Hobbyist General Artist
I thought it was real! i was gonna be all like " oh wow, i wonder if they have another taxedermy one of this on ebay!" wow dude could have fooled me!
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RichardWadePreston's avatar
very cool!, love the way you work with sculpey!
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fmoscuro's avatar
Muy bueno!!
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gecko-online| Traditional Artist
great work and concept! stay well! ;-)
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Pronus's avatar
Very cool though a higher res image would allow us to see more detail.
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Bluelisamh|Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful work :) Congrats on your DD!!
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ARTG33K74|Professional Traditional Artist
If your subconscious is hanging out in the depths of the ocean, you need to find this photography book: [link]
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kusakaice|Student General Artist
awesome :)
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RottingBeefCarcasses|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This fish is sick :) looks like it's rotting
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AnnLies|Professional Digital Artist
I really love the organic menace behind this piece. The artist did a fantastic job of layering color and texture, and it almost reminds me of a mat of algae or bacteria that has seen fit to disguise itself as a fish, or perhaps a clump of particularly fetid psyche that has grown and festered in the mind, gathering strength before launching itself after its prey.

I was also impressed with the fact that the artist removed details he had placed previously. Many artists, myself included, can tend to believe subconsciously that more detail is better, and that intricate and accurate details create wonderful art. Well sometimes, but as Michael Shephard has shown us obviously lifelike detail is not valuable in certain situations. Were this sculpture to have more life-like features, it would cease to have such a wonderful psychological impact and become more like one of those singing bass you see inside bars.

Thank you Michael, for championing the eraser. Just remember that erasing details can lead you to the conclusion that
Ann Lies.
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SHARPMAN5000|Hobbyist Artist
Dood... This is beautifully eerie. The head reminds me of the sheegoths from Metroid Prime... [link]

The amount of detail here is astounding... and in my opinion, this is a masterpiece.

Keep doin' what you do, mate.
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Yeah, I can see some coelacanth in there (especially the fins), but it's clearly an original fantas/horror fish.
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MillenniumFalsehood|Professional Traditional Artist
Nice work! Very Lovecraftian! :D
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wolfifi|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know why....but i find the fish very beautiful... .__.
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FenrirsRune|Hobbyist Digital Artist
zombie fish or maybe radioactive fish, anyways looks awesome creepy at the same time, i would like to pet it :D
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davidhutton123479|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like it. It looks scary, Yet I still think that it looks sweet.
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TheSPunk3d|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! It looks like my grandma!
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CMWVisualArts|Hobbyist General Artist
I want to meet your grandma.
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TheSPunk3d|Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol!
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MystalurDimensh|Professional General Artist
Weird science.
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KristenMash|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome!
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NicaBreeze|Professional General Artist
i love weird stuff, thank you
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