Cool little Ozark fish…

Posted by Phil Lilley on March 11th, 2017
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I’ve been working on scientific fish illustrations.  What I’ve been doing is taking photos of various fish, putting them in Photoshop, and enhancing them by sharpening the scale patterns and fin structures, removing any gleam or reflections on the fish, and going over the colors in each scale to make them as sharp as possible while still looking like the real fish.  Pretty much it’s like taking a photo and doing a digital painting on top of it.

Here are some cool little Meramec River species:merblshiner.jpgrainbow darter.jpgstudfish.jpg

The top one is the slender madtom.  Next is bleeding shiner, male in spawning colors and female, next is rainbow darter, male in spawning colors and female, finally northern studfish, male and female.

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