Thursday, 10 April 2008

edm 166 fish




I have posted two drawings of fish. The coloured fish was done in pastels quite a while ago. It was the one of the few things I have ever done using pastels, the tin of Derwent pastel crayons remains unused. The pencil drawing feels more like me .

Fish were a favourite subject for an art lesson when I was teaching young children. I would go to the supermarket and buy all different fresh fish, choosing them for their colours and shape and pattterns. What a great art lesson they made and the children always were so inspired and did beautiful drawings. For most of the children this was so exciting as it the first time they had touched a fish and had first hand experience of looking at fish close up. I wasn't too popular with all the other staff, the whole school stunk of fish by the end of the day. There would be a wonderful display of drawings in the classroom and the children learnt the names of the fish.
The coloured fish is a rainbow trout. I bought it at the supermarket and chose it because of the wonderful colours. Hope you like it.
Press pictures for close up.

18 comments:

Jennifer Lawson said...

These are both wonderful. I love the fish you did in pastels—beautiful colors.

Sandy said...

Wow, just fabulous sketches!!

Sherry said...

As always, your rendering is delicate and beautiful

windblown said...

Excellent drawings! Very "life-like".

Nature and Me said...

Excellent sketches. Well done.

Alan said...

Very nicely rendered.

Meinhild Selbach said...

Very nice sketches. Personally I like the pastel one better.

Lynn said...

Holy smokes! You actually bought a fish to draw? Now that's dedication to your art, and probably why this drawing so fabulous!

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Eileen, these are both excellent. Wow. Love the colours of the top one; you really achieve that shine of the fish skin too. The bottom one is SO good. Love the composition.

Knitting Painter Woman said...

Both are lovely and VERY fishy!
I'm glad the other teachers got to "suffer" a little for your students' art!

PamYla said...

Wow both are fantastic. I especially love the one in pencil! THanks for your comments on my blog. Awesome fish!!

Margaret Ann said...

Viewing your art is always a treat! Thanks again! :)

Ann said...

Sounds like a very successful art class! These are both stunning drawings.

SCquiltaddict said...

what terrific fish...so what if the teachers didnt like you i know the kids LOVED you!

clare said...

Oh Yes.... I Like! A Lot! Superb detail, so realistic they could swim right off the page any second. ;0)

MILLY said...

Thankyou everyone for the lovely comments. I am glad I posted both the coloured one and the pencil one as it is good to see different studies. I really appreciate all your comments, thanks again.

ellie said...

Beautiful !!! I can just imagine how much the children loved an Art lesson with real fish to draw/paint !

Sue said...

Those are both fantastic drawings. So, what did you do with the fish afterward? :)