Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
Zebra Fish Finished by samrhodes Zebra Fish Finished by samrhodes
Remember this? [link]
Well, shortly after drawing that I went insane, as you can see by the number of scales and fin lines on this little guy. I'm not going to tell how many hours I spent on this, but it was more than any other drawing I have on this site. =P

There are quite a few anatomy differences between this finished version and the original doodle. Most of the changes are for ...well, not realism since this is fantasy... but something like that. After checking with a fish anatomy chart, I added a couple of ventral fins and extended the tail length so the poor fish wouldn't be so front heavy and might be able to swim in spite of the head. I also noticed that many fish don't have really visible scales on their faces, so I only emphasized the body scales.

Insanity aside, I had a lot of fun doing this. :D Smooth bristol paper as usual for my detailed drawings, as well as my trusty .5mm mechanical pencil. I also used some of my new graphite pencils on this one, and am pleased with them. (I used B, HB, 2H, and 4H for you graphite peeps) And I'm trying to move away from needing reference images for everything...So I figured drawing a fantasy creature would be the best way to do that.

But anyway...Zebra Fish! I am plotting more of this sort of thing, so stay tuned. ^_^
Add a Comment:
 
:iconifvolk:
ifvolk Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
Is this for sale?
Reply
:iconcorky2722:
corky2722 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
Can I use this for my research lab tshirts? My students found it and are absolutely in love with the image since we study zebrafish.

Please let me know at your earliest convenience
Reply
:iconroyaltigress:
RoyalTigress Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006
WOW! That's awesomeness, Sam! I can't wait to see more of your Fantasy Animals! *waits immpatiently*
Reply
:iconsamrhodes:
samrhodes Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006
Thanks ^_^
I am still plotting more of this sort, though it might take me a bit. The next few weeks will be very busy with church camp and getting ready to move back to college. :)
Reply
:iconloonatictastic:
Loonatictastic Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006
I love it's mouth! The whole thing looks cool, but there is something about that mouth. :P


W00t! *scurries off to look around deviantart*
Reply
:iconinvisiblesnow:
InvisibleSnow Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
completely awsome! i really love all the detail and all the little scales :nod: its beautifully drawn.
i WANT one!!! ;)
Reply
:iconsamrhodes:
samrhodes Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2006
You too can own your very own zebra fish! It only takes 15 easy payments of $19.95 and a copy of your book. =P

And thanks ^_^
Reply
:iconinvisiblesnow:
InvisibleSnow Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
ehehe nice try ;)
Reply
:iconmadmooninggnome:
MadMooningGnome Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006
Hehehe it's looks even better now!
Reply
:iconsamrhodes:
samrhodes Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006
Thanks for the compliment :D
Reply
:iconmadmooninggnome:
MadMooningGnome Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006
Your Welcome!!! ^^ =D
Reply
:iconbechedor79:
bechedor79 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow...o.O

And fantasy can be realistic, it's just not real.

Also, still wondering why the zebrafish doesn't look more like a seahorse, but I am not a connoisseur in such matters so I will defer to your superior knowledge of zebrafish.

Aaand you sound all crazy artsy with your HB and 4H talk. I don't have a clue what that means for graphite. How dark it is? ::shrugs::
Reply
:iconsamrhodes:
samrhodes Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006
Thanks :D

And I agree. That's what I was trying to say, but I was too fuddled from drawing that long.

My zebra fish are cooler than seahorses =P

4H = very hard lead that produces light grays and is good for shading very light areas and some outlining
2H = slightly softer than the 4H, but still pretty hard
HB = standard #2 pencil lead, pretty much...Only this does not erase as well as my mechanical pencil
B = much softer than any of the H's and what I used for the stripes
I have a set that goes from 4H to 8B that I use mainly for shading, depending on what shade of gray / black I want. I still prefer my mech. pencil for outlining since it stays sharper and is easier to erase.

Fear the long comment. :D
Reply
:icontachyondecay:
TachyonDecay Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006
Sam, plotting?! No!

I thought the other one looked rather finished, but apparently I was wrong. The detail on this one may seem overboard at first, but I like it, because you evidently took your time on getting it right.
Reply
:iconcrystal-marine:
Crystal-Marine Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
That is cool! =D
Reply
:iconsamrhodes:
samrhodes Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006
Thankies :)
Reply
:iconcrystal-marine:
Crystal-Marine Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome!!!! =D
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×



Details

Submitted on
June 23, 2006
Image Size
197 KB
Resolution
1000×867
Thumb

Stats

Views
4,115
Favourites
5 (who?)
Comments
18
Downloads
37