Hunt Fish Paint | Fishing Portrait Alaskan King Salmon River Giants

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Here is the reference photo and the resulting painting. I rotated both fish slightly to show their actual girth better. I also add some of the river int the background along with distant background trees as they look in the area to add to the authenticity of the memory. fishermen-faces-before-after

Here's a good comparison of the faces in the photo and the resulting art. I used the two additional images below to help guide the details. This painting was done in a more impasto style which was perfectly suited to the story of the trip and the two anglers personalities. extra-refrence-for-fishing-trophy-portrait two-fisherman-pose-with-alaskan-kings

Here you see details of the trophies. You can see details such as the black tones around the mouth and the teeth in the jaws. Salmon have a very tight scale pattern that can be almost chrome in appearance. Painting thousands of scales is tedious work and there are a multitude of ways to do this. I have an old piece of window screen that I have stretched in one direction. I lay this over the fish and use a homemade rag roller to push modified paint through the mesh. I let it set until it is tacky and pull the screen off. This gives me a perfect base pattern which I then detail over with a fine brush. It works great on salmon and saves me countless hours of painting scales individually.

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Here's Dad. He had me add the no knot logo to his hat as they are both reps for the company. salmon-fisherman-painting-rain-gear

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