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I'm returning to my daily drawing challenge! But this time, I won't draw until my hands hurt but instead force myself to stop after a certain amount of time, an amount that hopefully will become bigger with time. :)

Yesterday I asked my friend what I should draw and she said "a fish!". So here it is, a fish. I did the initial sketch with 2B, then "traced" it with F and went over it with an eraser. I then started colouring! As always, I used my Felissimo colour pencils, at this stage there's already five colours in the drawing (even if it looks like two). I drew on this for about 20 minutes.
The reference is a photo taken by Jenny Huang: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Misc_anthias.jpg

Have a nice weekend! :)

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Update No. 1:
Happy Halloween! Today I continued to draw on this for a bit, so here's the updated WIP. I drew for about 15 minutes and used two new colours: 499 (golden!) and 332 from Felissimo.

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Update No. 2:
I worked a bit more on this, for about 17 minutes with Felissimo 344. :)

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Update No. 3:

This is the next step I did yesterday. I drew for about 20 minutes with Felissimo's 345 and 374. I finally started drawing the scales which was really fun to do. I love the structure!

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Update No. 4:
~20 minutes, new colours: #Felissimo's 382, 380, 491

And as a request from nackmu I'll tell you more about the Felissimo colour pencils!
Ah maybe I'll do it in a journal entry, but for short: they have quite inspirational names in English and Japanese (most of the time those are not translations but totally different names) that tell their own story associated with that colour.
Since I can't read all the Kanji and I'm too lazy to look them up, here's the names and colours I used for the fish so far:
001: ICICLE/ クレオパトラの真珠(white)
015: MISS MUFFET/雨を喜ぶあまがえる (yellowish green)
027: SUNSHINE/輪切りのレモン (yellow)
090: FIRELIGHT/夏祭りのほおずき (reddish orange)
092: PETROUCHKA/博多の辛子明太子 (salmon/red)
332: MORNING DEW/雨上がりのクモの巣 (light blue)
344: ROCKPORT/空を映す湖 (turquoise)
345: GENTIANA/天鳥の駆ける空 (blue)
374: BLUE VELVET/午前7時30分の露草 (blue)
380: BLUE MIDNIGHT/嵐のドーバー海峡 (dark blue)
382: PURPLE PASSION/ポセイドンの深海 (dark blue, yeah, not really purple? Maybe that's my colour deficiency speaking ^^)
491: SYDNEY/高野山の肝だめし (dark blue, almost black)
499: GOLD RUSH/鹿鳴館の舞踏会 (gold)

I have a vague idea of the japanese meanings, so ask away if you're interested about those :)

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Update No. 5:
I forgot to draw yesterday! o.O I have a cold and feel dizzy a lot, but I still feel bad for forgetting my challenge yesterday... X(

Well, today I drew for 15 minutes and used these colours by Felissimo:
098: ORANGE WOOD/夕暮れの彼岸花 (red)
124: SPIFFY/ビーツの酢漬け (dark red)
158: TRAGEDY/神話の中の悲哀 (dark reddish brown)

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Update No. 6:
I refined the fish for about 12 minutes. No new colours used today! ^^ But I already chose about half of the colours I want to use in the background. :)

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Update No. 7:

I started drawing the background today! I'd say I spent ~25 minutes on this today, but most of the work happened on another paper ^^ I have 500 colours to choose from, so I like choosing carefully the colour that fits best. I draw little gradient patches on another paper, write the pencil's number next to them and after drawing every patch that might look good I compare and choose from them. ^^
But that strains my hands too, so I count that into the time I spend drawing.

I also discovered another fin I hadn't noticed before! XD Fish anatomy is still confusing to me!
Confused 

Well I hope you're eager to see the background developing too ^^

So far I used these Felissimos for the background:
003: CASHMERE/日本海の漁火 (light cream)
057: ECRU/懐かしい金平糖 (darker cream)
062: DIXIE LEE/咲き乱れる山吹 (dark yellow)
067: RUTABAGA/収穫まぎわの麦畑 (light yellowish brown)
172: CAFFE LATTE/クラリネットの音色 (brown)

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Update No. 8:
30 minutes of background drawing today! I used:

269: PRINCE VALIANT/ファラオの時代のナイル河 (dark turquoise)
306: SUMMER SEA/潮騒 (light turquoise)

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Update No. 9:
25 minutes and the following colours:
022: DOVER GRAY/春を待つ猫柳 (light grey)
065: SUNNY DAY/大輪の菊祭 (pale yellow)
280: SWEET PEA/田植えの季節 (green)
496: GOLDEN FESTIVAL SCREEN/[I can't read the first Kanji! :O ]壇の金屏風 (gold)

My daylight lamp arrived today! I'm pretty excited. The light is really white :)

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Update No. 10:
I was absent from this drawing for a while because I was busy with other stuff, but today I worked on it for another 35 minutes with the following Felissimos:
111: ROSY HUE/アルプス乙女 (red)
148: LACQUER/秋のラウシマツツジ (brown)
246: TOMATILLO/字治の茶団子 (green)
486: SEA CAPTAIN/冬のオホーツク海 (dark blue)
497: GOTHIC GOLD/金閣寺 (gold)

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Update No. 11:
Happy new year! I totally forgot to upload the newest WIP of the fish, so here it is!
I drew for about 20 minutes. I used:
494: POE'S RAVEN/緑の黒髪 (black)

There probably won't be any new colours, the rest will be finished up using what I already used before. The rest of the background will be pitch black too. :)

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Update No. 12:
Done! Now I just need to sign and fixate it and it's all done :D
I finished the black part of the background and went over a few more details, darkened some of the corals and blurred some of the hard edges in the bachground to push the focus more onto the fish. It took me about 28 minutes today (in two sessions because I have a cold). I didn't use any new colours.

What do you think? I hope you like it! My first finished drawing in 2016! Yay! :D
The colours turned out really weird in that last scan though. It's a mainly blue fish, the fin etc, aren't turquoise in the drawing :O

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Update No. 13:
I changed the main file because the colours turned out too weird in the last version, here's a better adjustment to the real colours.
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Stevegreen2015's avatar
This is amazing, is this a pencil drawing? Love the colours and tones I think the dark background bring bring out the colours quite well. 
Sillageuse's avatar
Thank you! Yes, it's entirely done in colour pencils! :) I thought the same thing about the photo reference, the black really makes the colours pop. That's why I had to draw it ;)
Stevegreen2015's avatar
I might do a fish drawing myself, I will have to follow a tutorial though ^^'
nackmu's avatar
Wow, ich muss zugeben, dass ich gar nicht mit einem Schwarzen Hintergrund gerechnet hätte LOL
ich denke, dass es ein super Übungsbild war ^^

Hm, ich frag mich gerade... was ist dein nächstes Projekt? ^^ Ich habe gestern die Woll- und Garnreste gesichtet, die ich anlässl. meiner X-Mas Family Tour überall eingesammelt habe und meinen ersten TemariBall angefangen :love:
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Und ist schwarz gut oder schlecht? :D War in der Vorlage so, das fand ich cool :D
Ich hab zig Projekte, aber die dauern ja immer so mega lange...
Ich wollte dA relativ frei von WIPs und mäßigen Skizzen halten, also auf fb lade ich mehr hoch (auch da unter Sillageuse). Bin gerade fertig mit einer Geburtstagsgrußkarte, mit ein paar Bildern für ein Uniprojekt, und bin ganz aktuell an einem Posterentwurf für meinen Theaterverein. Digital, und zum ersten Mal als Vektor ^^
Zwischendurch habe ich ein paar Gläser bemalt, aber vergessen, Fotos von den fertigen Gläsern zu machen :D
nackmu's avatar
Hm, also eigentl. finde ich schwarz ja schlecht, um ehrlich zu sein... Angeblich sei kaum etwas wirkl. schwarz in natura. es gäbe immer einen Scheine, ein Licht, eine Refelktion... es ist schwer zu erklären. Ich glaube, du hättest manche Farben betnen oder hervorheben können, wenn du den schwarzen Hintergund mit anderen Farben durchsetzt hättest, aber natürlich so, dass man es nicht merkt... Es ist schwer zu erklären. Vllcht malst du einfach mal 2 einfach identische Dinge und versucht es einmal so und einmal so... Du wirst ja dann merken, was mehr nach deinem Gusto ist :-)

Sillageuse auf FB? Aha... ;-) Hab dich gleich ma geaddet :D Ich hoffe, es ar i.O.?
Ich selbst bin wenig aktiv auf FB, also was das posten angeht. Meine Sachen sind mir oft zu "privat" um sie mit diesen ganzen Leuten zu teilen... Dann lieber hier auf einer Plattform wo 90% Sinn für's Kreative haben ^^
Sillageuse's avatar
klar war das OK ;)

Ja du hast recht, in natura gibt es echtes schwarz echt selten. Abe hier ist das ja kein material sondern glaube ich echt einfach die Abwesenheit von Licht unter Wasser ^^ Und nur dei Dinge vorne wurden vom Blitz getroffen. Oder so. Also ich bin mir ziemlich sicher, dass das Referenzfoto auch schon echt stark nachbearbeitet ist und das Schwarz dadurch noch tiefer wirkt, aber grade das fand ich cool ;)  Ich mag auch so Tierportraits, die so Studio-mäßig wirken, mti pechschwarzem Hintergrund und dann der beleuchtete Tierkopf, zB bei Pferden oder Hunden. Das macht dei Farben irgendwie schöner, finde ich.

Aber ist ja Geschmackssache ;) Tief unterm Meer ist eh alles blau, im Gegensatz zu dem, was Arielle uns suggerieren wollte! Ariel shh 
UAkimov09's avatar
This is Really Very Nice , Great , Perfect , Excellent , Incredible , Realistic , Creative , Interesting , Pretty , Dreamful , Magical , Elegant , Wonderful , Beautiful , Calm , Enjoyable , Adorable , Stunning , Gorgeous , Accurate and Unique ! Very Well Done ! Congratulations to You ! :)

I Very like this picture ! Very Awesome and Amazing Nice work ! Congratulations to You , Stephanie ! :)
Sillageuse's avatar
Thank you Dima! :) I hope following these steps was interesting ^^
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Sillageuse's avatar
wow, thank you! :) (I can still see mistakes, but I won't hint you to them XD)
Meorow's avatar
Wow, it's looking amazing! I love the addition of the black, and I admire your dedication to this drawing.
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thank you! :) It's so tiny though, and adding it all up, I only spent almost 5 hours on it ^^ It was just stretched over such a long time ^^
BlueCaroline's avatar
Lovly, soft colors.
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It's going to become much darker in the background, I hope that will make the fish look more brilliant ^^
nackmu's avatar
wow, heftig - du probierst vorher echt soviel rum?? :wow: naja okay... bei den copics probier ich auch erstma. beim buntstift erscheinen mir korrektur leichter / "fehler" nur halb sos chlimm ^^'
Sillageuse's avatar
hm ja bei den Felissimo bringt radieren nicht mehr viel, und übereinanderlagern geht auch kaum. Außerdem hab ich da einfach mega Spaß dran :D
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tragedy!! :wow: ... ^^
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