Most of my work is custom or commissioned by individuals, groups and businesses, looking for unique, custom artwork. I get requests from all over the globe of all different species, which keeps things fun and constantly challenging me and my skillset.
Here’s a selection of some of the artwork I’ve had the privilege of creating over the past year.
A new series that is under way is the Circling Trout Series. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Inspired by both tattoo art of koi fishes and a painting done by the extremely talented Yusniel Santos, I finally took the time to sketch out a concept and pose I liked.
Starting with the three most popular, Brook/Brown/Rainbow, and adding more to the series as time progresses and allows. These are all done in watercolour pencils with a Copic marker base coat. The first piece, the Brown Trout, was the test piece to try out using the marker background and see how it would work out. This method, which I had never heard of done before, works amazing! I sketched out the general layout and then filled it in with the marker. After I let it thoroughly dry, I begin adding in the watercolour pencils, layer after layer, building up the depth and colour richness. The marker gives a perfect neutral grey background in which I can build from that helps make the colours pop better than your typical white paper background.
Decals are coming very soon for this series and the Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead pieces are underway.
This is a commissioned piece I did for Jeff Cardwell depicting a Peacock Bass launching a surprise attack on a pair of Chalceus. Was a fun piece and the largest fine art piece I’ve done to date. 16 x 20″ on 20 x 24″ watercolour paper. Original Watercolor Pencil artwork by Nick Laferriere