One of 2 art entries this week or maybe just one…time will tell:

Dalmatian Trout

Something a little different, for a new year.

That is 11 X 14 inches of Sharpie! Fine point, Sharpie that is. Recognize the shape of the fish? (It’s a prelude to my second art entry that will appear later in the week.) I started this, with the sole intention of it being the layout of one side of my 3rd Wood Troutz.

I had intentions of drawing in all the fish. But, sometimes, simplicity and beauty, lies in the white space. So, I’m taking some Instagram feedback and stickin’ with what I got. I hope you like it!

Never be afraid to put yourself out there! Get Out In It


This weeks fish art entry:


Staying creative has proved difficult so far in 2013, for many reasons. Deaths, missing cats, 1000 mile road trips to do unpleasant things, sick dogs… Just to name a few! But, I refuse to dwell on the negative and focus only on the good. Friday night, I went fly fishing on my favorite golf course and landed my first fish of the year. Then on Saturday, the fly fishing gods granted me 2, unexpected hours on Brushy Creek! Life, my friends, is getting back to normal!

Back to the drawing, completed on the iPad, using, Autodesk Sketchbook Pro. Lines on top of a photo, photo set to about 70% transparency, portions of the photo outside the drawn area erased. Completed in less than 2 hours! Draw when you can…

Never be afraid to put yourself out there! Get Out In It


This weeks fish art entry (2 of 2) … As Promised!

I’ve had this Cliff Bugger Beast Fly Box sitting around for a while now. I took the opportunity of the long holiday weekend to finally throw some color on it.

If you Fly Fish and are into the art that it inspires, you have probably at least seen or heard of Paul Puckett and the amazing artwork he does on these fly boxes. I would be remiss, if I didn’t say that he was the inspiration behind me doing this. Be sure to make some clicks on his site, he has done some amazing art work.

Some notes on what I discovered about the process when I started this… The black line-work was completed entirely with a Staedtler Lumocolor 318. I found it held better and seemed more permanent than a standard black Sharpie pen. The blue stripe above the eye is a blue sharpie, but looks black on first glance. I wanted to do the flowing back ground in different shades of blue to represent water, but the pens I had were just to dark. The red and orange colors are also just standard issue, fine point sharpies. For some reason the orange pen smeared the black, but the red didn’t.

Biggest lesson learned… Working in this medium is permanent, accidental pen strokes can create huge problems!

If you like it, if you want it, if you want one customized for you, ping me through the Contact page. We can work out a price for this one, or the details of a custom one.

Never be afraid to put yourself out there! Get Out In It…