As an artist in the fishing industry, I get the unique opportunity to work some fascinating individuals from all over the globe. One such individual approached me about doing a few Tigerfish drawings for his business. I was intrigued with this request as Tigerfish are quite the exotic species and I didn’t know too much about them. Like any artist would, I researched my subject and learned all about these menacing looking predators! After a few emails and sketches exchanged back and forth, I felt confident with my sketch and filled it in to the best of my abilities.
The ones they have are Hydrocynus vittatus, a smaller and more colourful Tigerfish. Although they are the smaller species, the H. vittatus can reach lengths of over 40-inches and reach weights of over 60lbs. With a mouth full of ferocious, inter-locking teeth, these fish are the thing of nightmares.
Arguably the meanest looking fish in freshwater, the African Goliath Tigerfish is menacing. With massive, interlocking teeth, these pursuit predators can reach impressive sizes! We had a client that runs a lodge who targets these fish, that wanted some custom work done. Intrigued by this I was very excited to get to work!
This was a fun drawing. Tigerfish have complex, bony plated skulls with a fair amount of detail. I used actual tigerfish skull references and pictures of live fish to come up with my own skull design. Graphite Pencil Drawing Original Artwork by Nick Laferriere