View Full Version : Clown Fish in Ink

03-04-2017, 05:36 AM
9x12, black ink pen. Pen & Ink Challenge for February 2017

My thoughts are:

1. The eyes can be more layered with highlight
2. Lighting on fish body can be improve
3. Create a wider tone range
4. The coral tentacles can be more textured


03-04-2017, 09:02 AM
It's a great ink piece! Maybe more light on him as it is hard to see. Beautiful work!

03-04-2017, 09:50 AM
Nice work! Lots of great detail!

03-04-2017, 10:35 AM
I love the way you've used such a variety of ink lines in this. There are a lot of textures and tones to look at, and it works really well. K think that the fish gets lost a little bit, I would be added to give him a bit of subtle colour so he comes forward a bit more. :)

Vivien Maloney
03-04-2017, 12:26 PM
A warm welcome to the Animal & Wildlife Forum! :wave:

Your pen and ink drawing is beautifully rendered! Wonderful pen & ink technique!
Interesting you've emphasised the points you think need improving in your painting - thats great and is how we improve our artwork! :thumbsup:
I agree with the previous comments about the little clownfish being lost in the background. You could give him some color, so he stands out more. You could use any transparent color medium such as a colored ink or watercolor if your ink isnt water-soluble. Remember when working with tonal values - light over dark dark over light.
It's a lovely piece and look forward to seeing more. :thumbsup:

Have you thought of trying our March Challenge? You will find it as a Sticky at the top of the Forum page. There's still plenty of time, as "Reveal" day is not until the 20th of the month.

03-04-2017, 11:29 PM
Well done, Coaltip. Bringing in a little color would give even more life to the drawing.

03-05-2017, 12:41 AM
Thanks for the Christel, Vivien, Kay, Kay.M,Sheryl for your feedback and encouragement.

I will try out the use of whites and tones to bring out the theme first. Colors is a very complex field to me. I am thinking of practising blue, black and red for next phase of experiments once i get new pens. :P

Currently building up my foundation in lines and black ink Plan to build a solid foundation in the use of black and white before venturing into colors. :)

chammi kaiser
03-05-2017, 07:06 AM
This is a beautiful drawing and lightening the little fish, would make it even better. Looking forward to the finish.

03-06-2017, 04:08 AM
Well done... if you would accentuate the dark on the fish it would stand out respect to the background, just a design preference... :)

03-07-2017, 09:44 AM
Thanks Chammi and Fedetony!

This something for me to ponder. Instead of making the fish lighter, i can also make it the darkest as suggested by Fedetony

03-07-2017, 10:30 PM
I would agree with Fedetony on the contrast unless you are looking for camouflage. Sometimes that is the goal of those that might be eaten!