|Inspiration for my own "Under The Sea" series|
Last year over Easter time, I went to the 2 Oceans Aquarium with Frosty and his family and I took some awesome pictures of some of the ocean life there. When I got back home, I decided to make the 4 pictures below into an "Under The Sea" series of paintings, using the bold colour pallets of the paintings above as an inspiration.
|Amphiprioninae - Clown Fish|
|I have no idea what type of fish this is - any suggestions would be welcome!|
Edit: this could be a puffer fish, but I think I'll take a trip to the aquarium to verify as well!
|Ostracion cubicus - Yellow Box Fish (juvenile)|
|Medusozoa - Jellyfish (unsure of the exact type)|
I started off with the clown fish and really enjoyed putting this painting together. I love the contrast of the orange, black and white that are on this fish and it fits in perfectly with my "bright and bold" theme!
|Outline in pencil|
|Filling in the base orange colour|
|Putting in some details|
|Adding in the black and shading in the white areas|
|Putting the background together|
|The final product of my first part of the series!|
|And the original image - for comparison|
I then moved on to the, at this stage, unknown, fish. I chose this one because I loved how the red background and angle of the photograph made a rather plain and simple fish look so much more interesting.
|Pencil outline getting the basic size and shapes in place|
|Starting off with the base coats to give underlying form to the fish|
|Adding on the next layer to get the top looking more realistic|
|Putting in some more details like fins and spots|
|The final product - bold very red!|
|Again, the original picture|
I decided to do the juvenile yellow box fish third and found this one more difficult than I originally thought it would be. I actually got to the "almost completed" stage and then left it for a few months because I started to get over trying to make it look nice, for a while. I remember learning at school and varsity that blue and yellow provide one of the most visually noticeable
contrasts and I think that this yellow box fish verifies this idea.
|Getting an idea of the basic layout that my painting would take|
|Filling in some yellow. You can see here that the underbelly of the fish isn't looking|
great at this point...
|An almost completed image|
|With bubbles and a slightly better looking underbelly|
|The fish from the photograph|
I lastly put together the painting of the jellyfish. I've always found jellyfish to be rather mystical creatures and love that when they are lit up in the aquarium, it almost seems that the light is radiating from within them.
|I usually start most of my painting off in pencil, although I don't often put|
the details in with pencil
|With a light coating of blue in the jellyfish and a forgotten slice of background|
colour within the jellyfish tentacles
|The painting is starting to come together at this point, with the top of the jellyfish starting to|
look as though light is emanating from within it
|The completed jellyfish, along with cute little "stars" to add to the mystery of the creature|
|The jellyfish that I found at the 2 Oceans Aquarium|
And finally - the completed series of paintings all together!
|All 4 paintings together. They make quite a handsome group, even if I say so myself.|
I'm really looking forward to hanging these up - I think that my aim of putting together something that was bright and bold really was realised by this series of paintings.
Each of these paintings took me about a weekend, on average, from start to finish. Some only took me a few hours while others took a solid day to 2 days to complete properly.
Now I just need to find some inspiration for my next set of paintings! Any suggestions are welcome!