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'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Monday, 23 July 2012

About the Goggly-Eyed Ones


Of course the most amusing of the goldfish are the pop-eyed ones.  As appealing (or unappealing) as the pop-eyed dog breeds like the pekineses and pugs, whatever we think of them, they are very popular in Japan and China where they were systematically bred from small carp over a thousand years ago.

The short-sighted gang.






There are loads of different pop-eyes, from huge, telescopic ones, to smaller, fluid-filled bubbles.  And they are attached to a wide variety of colors and tail-types too.  My favorites are the black ones (Moors), and I think I may work up some moor (ha) sketches today, with the aim of doing a decent-sized  'portrait'.
 


Graphite sketch of a Black Moor goldfish.


6 comments:

  1. Love the sketch of the Moor goldfish.

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  2. I can't help but think of Peter Laurie when I see photos of fish like this which is odd because his eyes weren't that bad!

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    1. I don't know Peter Laurie SP... but what about the great Marty Feldman? Especially in this:
      http://youtu.be/dNTToXKgwZc

      The words 'Walk this way' will never be the same again.

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  3. Shooting Parrots means Peter Lorre, the actor who was in the films Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon and Arsenic and Old Lace, to name but a few.

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    1. Oh, I could say 'of course', but I still didn't know him. Thanks to 20 minutes on YouTube, I am now informed.

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