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Step by step Painting a Reproduction Spawning King Salmon

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by Jimmy Lawrence, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    I had the opportunity to do this behemouth fish for a customer in Wyoming. I took time to take pictures of the step by step process. Thought maybe someone would get something from it.

    this isn't the best work out there, but hopefully some people like it . My customer will.

    First some things to get started:

    1. Id like to thank my mentor and friend Rick Krane of Anglers Artistry for teaching this thick skull how to think. He's helped me a ton.
    2. And Dave Campbell for posting pictures of disgustingly real salmon , making me try and do better work .
    3. And Jeff at JG Replicas for sending me the blank. Great product.
    4. Jeff Lumsden for the lenses!
    5. You for looking!

    Heres the start . First spraying Detail Black over the body of the fish, to start the "Antiquing" process
     

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  2. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    Fish is then steel wooled off, with 0000 Steel wool.
     

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  3. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    Toned with Superhide White, to take the "Harshness" away.
     

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  4. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    My only reference was the customers picture, on the corkboard behind me. This fish started to have some red tones to it, so I applied it with Derwent Watercolor Pencils (Anglers Artistry 101)

    Feel free to get crazy. Try not to be methodical in application.
     

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  5. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    next, I took a damp papertowel, and Patted the fish down, to smooth out the lines from the paint pencil.
     

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  6. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    Then I took a grey-blue pencil and did some mottling on the front half. This was subtle, but you can see its there in the finished fish.
     

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  7. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    Patted down with papertowel, as with the red.
     

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  8. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    Now I have a fantastic bunch of "base layers" to start painting my fish.

    Next I took Sahara Tan and sprayed over the fins, and the head. And upper portion of the body.
     

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  9. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    Next I detailed, and sprayed the fins, and body/head with Burnt Umber.
     

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  10. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    Next is Light Bass Green. A VERY DANGEROUS COLOR. this will bleed into , and through any other coat you put over it, so control your spray. NEVER let it hit anywhere you want WHITE.

    Applied to fins, back, and head.
     

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  11. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    Next I used Scale Detail Green.

    I toned the body of the fish, especially the back. Sprayed the head area, and detailed the fins.
     

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  12. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    Tail Section
     

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  13. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    Next I took Yox Nose Pad Grey . A favorite color on many fish> I use this color alot. Don't tell Bill its uses for fish.

    I toned the fish with this. Back, head, fins.
     

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  14. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    Next, I took a charcoal stick ,and sanded it into powder. You can buy charcoal powder , but im broke as a joke, so I sand mine into a color cup, and use it that way.

    I applied this in random spots via refrence, on my head area.
     

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  15. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    The result of the mottling with powder.
     

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  16. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    I should add, that I sprayed Superhide white, and detailed the head before that step.

    Next I took a pencil, and drew in the spotting ,per refernece. I didn't match exactly, but I think I came close. They have irregular spots, and not any rhyme or reason to them.
     

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  17. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    I then went over the spots with my airbrush, turned down in PSI and sprayed them with Black.
     

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  18. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    I pre-painted the paired fins, and used Yox Grey ,and white, and flesh.

    Here they are glued in place.

    Only things left are touchup the fin attachments, GLOSS and teeth.

    I will post pictures of the glossed fish in the next day or so. out of Time for now.

    Hope this helped.

    Jimmy Lawrence
    www.lawrencetaxidermy.com
     

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  19. kikkertinz

    kikkertinz Glass half full

    cant wait to see it finished thanks for sharing!!
     
  20. wildwings

    wildwings New Member

    Looks nice Jimmy !