Scientific Illustrator

   Illustration Portfolio: 
   Botanical 
   Birds 
   Fish 
   Reptiles & Amphibians 
   Mammals 
   Insects & Spiders 
   Microscopic 
   Landscapes 
   Educational 
   Sketches 

 

 

 

 

  Photography Portfolio: 
   Botanical 
   Birds 
   Fish 
   Reptiles & Amphibians 
   Mammals 
   Insects & Spiders 
   Landscapes 
     
  art prints, greeting cards, posters, framed art
   
   Contact: 
   e-mail 
   phone: 314/966-7629 
     
    Facebook  
    Twitter 
   
 
pitcher plant
 
   

Painting a Fish:

How to Illustrate a Fish Using Watercolor



Deepwater Sculpin
A watercolor painting needs to start with a light pencil drawing. If your pencil drawing is too dark, the pencil will spread when you add watercolor.

Deepwater Sculpin
To do a preliminary wash of color, first wet the area with clear water. Then add the color to your brush, starting at the top and letting the color flow down smoothly toward the bottom. For contrasting areas of color, let one area dry before starting on another in order to avoid one color bleeding into another.

Deepwater Sculpin
Texture is easier to add with a dryer brush and with a less watery mixture of paint.

Deepwater Sculpin
Continue to refine the texture. Pay special attention to the eye to bring life to the painting.

Deepwater Sculpin
Click image to read information about the final illustration.

Also See:
How to Draw a Frog (in pencil)
How to Draw a Frog (in colored pencil)
Detlef Buettner's web page explaining the process involved in painting a watercolor of a fish

 

 

 

 

 

 

All images on this site are protected by copyright.
Please email for terms of use.

home | illustration | photography | email
(314) 966-7629
natural science

bullfrog