Sunday, 1 March 2009
I finally tracked down a rainbow trout to practice some more gyotaku with. It was like hitting paydirt. You'd never think a fish would be so difficult to find in this city! At least one that you didn't need a second mortgage to afford.
It took me awhile to get the hang of it and I used a lot of newsprint initially as I didn't want to waste good printing paper til I was happy with my ability to lift a half decent print from the fish.
Because its a three dimensional object that you're working with, its very easy to blur the lines and lose definition of the scales or fins.
I tried a couple of prints on cardstock to use as greeting cards then enhanced them with watercolour. I like the results as the fish wrap around the card making unique pieces.
After taking some prints and playing with colours and papers, the fishy smell was enough and I washed it off and wrapped it for the fridge to try again tomorrow. The shelf life of a fish isn't long, so can either use it for a few days or freeze and refreeze to prolong my ability to use this model. I think it will be the former as I imagine the solidity and skin texture of the fish would deteriorate after a few freezings and thawings.
Edited: I've enhanced a couple more of the prints, or half prints to give an idea at high resolution what they look like.