The original is simply a pen and ink sketch of three fish in a world surrounded by all things that we fishermen love. I actually love the look of plain black and white inked line drawings but they don't seem to transition well to other mediums. The exception to this line of thought is a master of pencil and inked drawings - M.C. Escher. I had not gone into this drawing with the thought of emulating Escher but when I finished and stood back to look at it I thought of him immediately. As a child I was amazed at his work and checked out many a library book of his drawings.
This drawing is purposely crude in its lines and free form style because I wanted to have a more natural form to the image. The only external 'ruler' or template I used was a top from the hotel ice bucket to form the perfect circle. Otherwise I kept a loose hand and 'hippy' 60's style in mind to draw out this image.
So what am I going to do with this? Again, nothing but it is a valuable piece of my evolution as an artist and illustrator. The image on a shirt -courtesy of Zazzle's graphic tee building tool - is just my attempt to show what can be done with these graphics. Every time I create one of these graphics or paintings I grow and develop skills that aid me in future projects. Graphics like this could eventually be sold to companies like Orvis, Sage, or in the mainstream business world, the suppliers of companies like American Eagle, or Target. (of course if anyone of those (or other companies) would like to purchase this graphic for mass production I welcome any emails. ;-)
For those of you that have read though this entire post hoping to hear something about fish or some new tactic to hooking trout - my apologies All you get is the fish and flies in the graphic.