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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