I’m painting more fish these days. These koi are imaginary and don’t hold true as anatomically correct. That is another reason they are a respite from “correct” drawing and are like a little vacation for me. Koi are valuable and bred for their size and beauty. How wonderful is that? I am having fun with this so I’ll let it be. The original will have some gold leaf to sparkle it up a little. That is the next stage so for now, this will do. I will try to remember to post the embellished version when complete.
I used a fine black marker and a fine white ink over the darks to enhance the patterns. I love painting the deep water with transparent watercolors and tried to use motion and several thin layers to give a feeling of depth.
Here is a print on textile.