Friday, August 17, 2018

Scientific Illustrator? Part 5 : Gillaroo

Following the ferox was the gillaroo, this variety (considered S. stomachicus by some) is endemic to Lough Melvin, which the ferox trout is not. And unlike the ferox, this brown trout is relatively small and is usually bright yellow in coloration. Instead of fish, its primary forage food is snails, and it inhabits shallower waters. 




Since it is a benthic feeder, it has a subtle overbite. This attribute I admittedly struggled with, playing with different versions of head structure until I created one that I felt was adequate.



Once I had finally gotten the head structure down, painting began. This fish was especially fun to draw because of all the bright yellows I was able to use, as opposed to the usual muted colors with most species.



As with the ferox, while illustrating the gillaroo I paid attention to maintaining a high level of detail and structural accuracy, another reason why I usually start with the head. When I begin an illustration is when I have the most motivation, a statement that probably rings true for most artists. And since the head can arguably be the most significant part of a scientific illustration, considering that it is usually the point of entry for an onlooker, it is important that it receives the most attention and quality of workmanship.


Scaling. With these later illustrations I took less screenshots of in-progress work, as I had gotten used to the rhythm of producing these fish.


After the scaling, I transitioned to patterning. The gillaroo also have prominent and plentiful red spots, another morphological difference separating it from ferox trout.


Scale detailing (ugh). But the final product is always worth the effort!


As I finished the body, the reddish fins of the gillaroo began to materialize.


And there's the gillaroo.


For some reason I didn't enjoy this as much as I did the ferox; it's probably because I feel that the ferox is generally a more aesthetically pleasing fish. But the next brown trout I found quite attractive, even more so than the ferox.

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