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Australian Lungfish, by Outlier Australian Lungfish, by Outlier
Meant to look like the sort of thing you see in a fishing guide. Pretty simple appearance, though I'm not going to dark scales with light borders in watercolour again in a hurry. Nothing amazing.

Was done for a small musem in New South Wales, changed management soon after, not sure if they ended up using my work. This was intended as just a small diagram next to a caption for one of their dispalys.
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Dinolover1416 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015
I love it!
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Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
The best lungfish art I've seen here.
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ShadowRaptor101 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
I luv's lungfish, but it's eyes!IT'S LIKE THEY'RE STARING INTO MY VERY SOUL!!!!!!
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AnimeShark20 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
I love your lungfish! He's beautiful! :)
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Outlier Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2004
Yeah, there's only three species around today (I think), sort of fit in between fish and amphibians in the evolutionary scheme of things. Fossils go back 300 million years or so.
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Outlier Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2005
sounds like you're on top of the taxonomy of these critters
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional
Well, not actually - they, after all, gave rise to all the land vertebrates today. But as fish, there have been only a few survivors since Mesozoic.

Great work, however. :) Good lungfish art seems to be hard to find. I'm currently starting a project of drawing several lungfishes for my collection of fish illustrations.
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elegaer Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2005
Yup - only 3 genera around ... :( (Australian - Neoceratodus forsteri, African (Protopterus - 4 species), and South American (Lepidosiren paradoxa))
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nellmckellar Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2004
Well, I have to agree, great technique! Aren't lungfish Prehistoric or something?
Anway, great piece!
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eorhythm Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
Er, sorry about that, forgot I was signed in under that. Also apologize fr the double (now triple) post, but that seems to be DA fault. *Slinks away*
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Outlier Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2003
Well it's alright, I don't mind people repeating themselves when they're saying nice things!
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Paleoartists Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2003
Damn, just... I can't ever see myself drawing a fish. This is just gorgeous, though, and that you did it so quickly just... damn it! I've never had a painting of a fish inspire me! The colors and the shading are just perfect.
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Paleoartists Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2003
Damn, just... I can't ever see myself drawing a fish. This is just gorgeous, though, and that you did it so quickly just... damn it! I've never had a painting of a fish inspire me! The colors and the shading are just perfect.
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Outlier Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2003
Basically painted the light bits first then went over it repeatedly with increasingly darker browns. Sketched it lightly with pencil first - it's really easy to mess this sort of scale patern up (end up with rows of scales bunching up somewhere). Scary doing it in water colour - very hard to make corrections - one slip and its all over. I was amazed how hard I found it to stop my self from going over the edges of the scales and obliterating the light bits. In watercolour dark edges on light scales would be so much easier! also hard to get the light and shade effects worked in as well.

I intentionally left the fish looking dull with no shine on it as it is supposed to be under water...pretty much what they look like in life. I've since seen quite a few of them here at uni - some guys here study them. And they can be enormous - a few weeks back they had three that were 'pig' sized - apparently not fully grown!
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TarryAGoat Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2003   Photographer
Very nice...as Jordo said, the scales are very well done.
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jslice Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2003
Great technique on the scales. I'd love to know how you did that. Looking forward to seeing more of your paleoart work...
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