Iwana is a native trout species thriving in Japan's mountain creek. They are close related to the artic char. Yeap, the beautiful char family. I tried to catch them last year while I was visiting a friend in Nagano, Japan... buta... yield no success yet... I heard native people say "they are very delicious too"... : )
http://riverwalkers.jugem.jp/ I visit this website frequently. SST is a professional FF journalist in Japan. His articles and photos can be seen in most of the FF magzines. He update this website almost daily. Lot's of great photos and information there. Use "Google Translate" to convert the website into your language. Or just enjoy the Beautiful photos like what I used to do... Enjoy! By the way, this type of mountain creek in my favorite fishing creek. Beautiful trout, creeks and lot's of animals! : )
http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/board/showthread.php?t=47624 If you buy one set of those flies $50. I will illustrate a trout like this for you. Free. Only the first 10 people get it... : ) One of friends are selling his flies, I just want to help him to sell these flies quickly (Those are already great flies and he is a great steelheader, no doubt). Go Get It! I will be more than happy to draw a trout for friends who visit here!! : )
I promise my brother- Bryan that I will illustrate a colorado cutthroat for him...long times ago... but I just did not feel the "colorado" lately... maybe I will need to catch them soon and feel the bloody red again... I made this coastal cutthroat last night... just want to share with you guys...
I am really into the sketch thing as you can tell, even in this crazy week... the sketch really help me to relax my mind, indeed. I like to use sketch as a exploring tool, expand my techniques and imaginations... They won't take long too... a good 20-30 minutes' concentration will allow me to capture the essential elements. :O)
whatever the name says, it's true! Have you ever seen a oystercatcher eating?... it is more graceful and skillful than most of the gourmets... This work is not very detailed...because I am extremely busy in these days... working on some material for a bird meeting...and the tax due tomorrow too! Yes! I am the last minuate guy! :o) I like to spark "my last minute potential" :P
for some reasons, I love this doodling style too... i still draw fish by using simple window program...painter... if you haven't, you should try it... just press control + Z and you can redo the mistakes... it is a plain joy to draw like a kid :o)
Have you ever experienced combat fishing... man... this creek is loaded of people. crickets, live baits, lures, spinners...were everywhere. They are all shooting for those white bass. The bonus to fish here was the country music from car speakers, they were surround me 'out loud' while I was casting... well, you got audience while catching though... like a night market shows... : ) I kind of like it! People are friendly here...they don't like solitude either.
Sometimes... all the things come together will make you wondering are there some "bad luck god" out there watching you?! Not a big deal, just several awards slips away, truck tire hit a nail, and my teeth need to get some fix... well... at least I have a clear mind, research is still going and I am enjoying draw a trout...
There are some websites that I frequently visit ...for... escaping the research pressure... for gaining more energy and charge the power of my imagination! This is one of them. Ginger's Children's Illustration! Yes... I love children's illustrations! The beautiful artwork with endless imagination! : )
(This work is from Ginger's website http://gingerpixels.blogspot.com/)
I am a biologist grew up with a fishing rod in my hands. I have been fortunate enough to embrace my love of art and science in my career. Most of my free time were well spent in the nature, either studying bird behavior or chasing variety of fish with fly rods. My favorite art medium is watercolors, I love the natural and spontaneous feel created by watercolor pigments. I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University. Welcome to my website. Mark