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.
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.
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. ^_^