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

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Monday, 30 July 2012

Blue Ram and Yellow Lab.

Apart from a name (and I'll probably do the latin one as well), and a signature, 'tis done!

Now, on to the next one:  First I did a pencil sketch outline to get the proportions and shapes looking ok...A propelling pencil conveniently shows up as silver on the black paper.

Then I made a little start on a fin as a small child had been watching me very patiently and had asked when I was going to 'use colours'.

This is a cichlid called Electric Yellow Lab or Labidochromis caeruleus; an aggressive little meat-eating fish from Lake Malawi in Africa.  It's that one that I have watched raising its top fin and revealing the black stripe as a warning to other fish.


  1. Magnificent!

    You are my new favorite nature artist.

    P.S. - I didn't have a previous favorite nature artist.

  2. Giggle. You are a dag Robert.

  3. Sorry but fishes swim left to right. I can't cope with right to left!

  4. PS I'm sure if you put the first one in an aquarium and photographed it I wouldn't know that it wasn't real.

    1. Ha. But his paper would get all soggy and give him away.


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