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Sharks of Great Bear Lake

In one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, swims one of the largest trout species on the planet. These fish grow to epic proportions and have been swimming the frigid Arctic waters since World War II. Capable of swallowing anything they can fit in their mouth, these fish reek havoc on anything that swims within their reach.

Unique to Great Bear, these fish sport metallic green and blue along their back, giving them the appearance of a shark when viewed from the boat. That combined with their massive heads and world record size, make these fish the stuff of legend.

lake trout painting

Largemouth Bass Digital Artwork in Progress

Here’s the latest project I’m working on. Although I love working with pencils on paper, sometimes digital media is a more practical application. With digital I can achieve depth and life-like detail on non-skeletal designs that would otherwise be impossible. Using Adobe Photoshop and a WACOM Intuos tablet, I can draw with precision and if I make a mistake I just have to hit undo.

For those who haven’t worked with digital media before, drawing with a tablet takes a bit of getting used to. I rarely ever draw at 100% opacity. This is because the lines are much too dark and I like to have the ability to blend. Just like traditional painting processes, the piece is done by layering. You block in your base colour and then build on top of it. The benefit to using digital media is that you can burn and dodge your layers, adding even more depth. You can also work in extreme detail by zooming in and focussing on a small section of the piece.

This piece is 18-inches long at 600dpi. So it’s very high resolution and can be used on small or large applications without losing detail or the image becoming pixelated.

Stay tuned for updates on the progress of this piece! 😉

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Detail Update: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 – 6:15pm
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Detail Update: Thursday, November 6th, 2014 – 6:15pm
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Detail Update: Friday, November 7th, 2014 – 4:15pm
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Detail Update: Saturday, November 8th, 2014 – 8:15pm

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Detail Update: Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 – 8:55pm
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ReelFlies Brook Trout

I am very fortunate to have gotten to know some fantastic people in the fishing industry and the Bathgate family of ReelFlies are some of the best people around! I fully support Canadian businesses and especially those who support keeping things made in Canada. Unlike many other businesses that offer fishing flies, ReelFlies uses only Canadian tyers and the highest quality materials and hooks! I have so much respect for Steve and his family and when they asked if I’d be interested in doing up something for them I was honoured! I wanted to do something up special and really try to give them my best.

I decided on a Brook Trout which is not only one of my favourites but is also one of the mainstay target species for many of the ReelFlies’ following. This is to date my most detailed piece I’ve ever done and is 100% digitally drawn. The detail isn’t really shown unless you zoom in and see all the scale and fin detailing.

Thank you Steve, Ceri, Hayley, and the rest of the family. =)

Please check out their website and visit them on Facebook!
http://www.reelflies.ca/
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Reelflies Brookie Nick Laferriere

Bull Trout Digital Art

Bull Trout, the apex predator in any mountain stream. Stories from anglers of giant bull trout slashing at their hooked cutty are of the plenty. Their size, their aggression, and their attitude make them one of the most gnarly of the trout family, and are unfortunately forgotten in the art culture of fly fishing.

Here’s a Bull Trout piece I did solely on the WACOM tablet thru Photoshop.

Bull Trout Nick Laferriere