Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sketching Bass

    Today I found myself on the road and stuck in a hotel room so what else am I going to do but think about fishing and break out the pen and paper for a bit of bass sketching.  I rarely ink much now a-days and I'm not sure why.  I really enjoy the simple process of black and white sketching.  High contrasts images always have a clarity that I can appreciate.  Its also relaxing to just pick up a pen and not worry about color choices.  Another good thing about inking out images is if I ever decide to write a book about fishing I at least have the skills to illustrate it myself.  Whats a good fishing book without pictures and illustrations right?
 
    I went out bass fishing a few days ago and got skunked.  That was a big disappointment since I had some big old bass flies I tied up using a new batch of Clear Cure Glue I had received in the mail.  Dreaming of big bass like this one, I had sat down and tied up a good dozen heavy swimmers and couldn't wait to test them out.  Unfortunately I only had a limited time and the day turned out to be cold and breezy.  After giving it the ol' college try for three hours, I packed it in and resigned myself to to the fact that the fish just were not going to bite my beautiful flies.
    Am I the only one that is starting to wish spring would come soon?
 
 

 Anyway, with some more time to kill, I loaded the bass image into the computer and began toying with it.  I have no real purpose for the image other than I was just board.
 
 

6 comments:

cofisher said...

Joel, it's too early to start wishing for Spring. Perhaps after Christmas. By the way, I received my greeting cards and they are beautiful. I'm going to send one to me so I'll always have one to hang in my den.

Jay said...

Nice pen & ink work. I dig it!

Joel D said...

Howard, glad you liked them and I'm glad the reached you so fast. If you run out I still have a few sets left. ;-)

Jay - thanks, the bass has been under represented for far to long on this blog. I aim to change that.

David Romanillos said...

Congratulations, very good site and I like too these drawings.

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Anonymous said...

Nice job, Joel.

TexWisGirl said...

you are so gifted!