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First fish.

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by fullsneak, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. This is my first attempt at painting a fish.....it was a restoration job and I only had the original mount as reference. I used a Paashe VL air brush so I couldn't get the detail I wanted...I'm getting a Badger for my next one...What do you think?

    I have a before and after picture.
     

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  2. jemmick

    jemmick Active Member

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    Hard to tell from such small pics. You should use pics of live or fresh fish as reference instead of the mount.Live ref. Live ref. If you learn nothing else then learn to use and interpret live ref.
     

  3. KAMoHunter

    KAMoHunter Proud member of the WVTA

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    can't really tell alot from the photos, the onethat is a close up is to confined, the other repaint shot is to far away to tell
     
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  5. Not bad at all for first paint job. Like was mentioned before, always have reference in front of you while painting and study the heck out of it. If you eased up on your detail markings it would have looked much better. It's still an improvement over the original paint job.
     
  6. KAMoHunter

    KAMoHunter Proud member of the WVTA

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    the markings on the belly are waaaayyyy to dark, the lines on the check are to thin and too dark, and there should be a transition that blends between the belly white and the green of the back. as it is right now, there is not real transition. the good news for you is that these are about the same mistakes that everyone makes on their first fish. Good work and keep trying.
     
  7. trapperr

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    If that fish were not glossed you could lightly buff with fine Steele wool to make the marking a little less pronounced
     
  8. Disecador

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    Also consider that bass have different colors depending on the region, in Fla Bass are very light golden green to almost gold, and I agree the transition from the back to the belly is to harsh and the dotting is too dark otherwise good tried.
     
  9. Disecador

    Disecador New Member

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    This was my first repair/repaint job 10 years ago, we all learn from our mistakes
     

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  10. Marc A

    Marc A Beaver Creek Taxidermy

    Not bad for the first. Way too heavy on the markings. If you lighten up an paint each scale the markings will fall in place. Hard to explain. It will come after a few. When I was learning, I had a 4lber that I bet I repainted 10 times. Each time I learned something new I tried it, stripped it and tried again.
     
  11. thanks for all the advice....It is a little darker than what I wanted it but the customer wanted to keep it close to the original colors on the mount. I only charged $100 for the repairs and paint job so they were real happy and I learned a lot..