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  • Now it's a Fish!

    Almost 4 months ago, I posted this: https://forum.woodcarvingillustrated...s-in-the-works.

    Today, I finished painting it. This is the "Barred" variety Muskellunge. Here is the model for the color scheme: http://todayinfishing.com/fishing/fr...s-information/

    The length is just under 14", so I don't think it meets the legal limit, but I'm keeping it anyway.

    For painting, I was thinking of using an airbrush, but decided to try something different. I started with a base coat of white acrylic. Then I applied acrylic blue sides, tan bottom and orange upper section with a brush. Next, I used a piece of a sponge to add the vertical line patterns. At that point, they looked terrible - almost like the lines were stickers. I was hoping the sponge would give them a mottled look, but it didn't. I decided to reapply the main colors with the sponge and a watered down wash. I think it worked pretty well. I used a similar technique on the fins and darker green top (but first a thicker coat down the middle and a thinner coat on the edges to blend with the orange). The one problem with the sponge technique was it didn't get down in the grooves between the scales and they were all outlined with the white base coat showing through. A fine brush and a lot of tedious line tracing and color matching took care of that. For the final "wet" looking finish, I used Helmsman Spar Urethane from a spray can.

    Has anyone used a clear glossy finish that is also slightly iridescent? I'm afraid it would be too iridescent.

    I welcome your comments on how it could be improved. One thing I'm thinking or redoing is the eyes to give them a brighter yellow background like the model. And, I think the cheeks could use a little more of blue.

    I hope I don't wait another 10+ years to mount it. This forum has been a great inspiration to me to get back into carving. I'm thankful for all the encouragement, camaraderie and new friends I have met here, and for helping me finally finish this fish!

    Tom
    Last edited by Gleber; 07-09-2018, 07:41 PM.

  • #2
    Fish and birds are so far out of my boathouse, that I can't make any comment, except it looks good to me
    . . .JoeB

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    • #3
      I'm in the same boathouse with Joe. I think it looks great and the colors are blended nicely.
      Keep On Carvin'
      Bob K.

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      • #4
        Hi Tom , no Excuses Needed on this Guy, Excellent piece of work. I admire you in Experimenting different Methods of Painting , fun isn't it ? Merle

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        • #5
          That's a beauty!
          Terry

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          • #6
            Nice job Gleber.

            Tinwood

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            • #7
              Beautiful fish, Tom! It'll look great mounted.
              Arthur

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              • #8
                Nice work!

                Claude
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                • #9
                  Well done. Nicely carved and painted Tom.
                  Randy

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                  • #10
                    Nice Muskie.
                    Joe

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                    • #11
                      Thank you all for the nice compliments.

                      Tom

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