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FLAMENCO by Ricky-Roo302 FLAMENCO by Ricky-Roo302 in my adopted hometown of Kodiak there is an annual event called a "Chocolate Lovers/ Halibut Tail Auction, and this year I was honored to be chosen as one of 14 artists to provide artwork on a mold/cast of an actual halibut tail. The halibut that this mold was taken from was a fairly large critter, and this tail measures about 19 inches tall---lots of room on which to paint, or in my case, draw.
...I used mixed media, 95 per cent Prisma colored pencil, with a dash of ink and white watercolor. Most of the participating artists usually do something Alaska-oriented (eagles, fishing boats, bears, etc...), but I thought I would try something a bit different; the fan of the fish tail immediately suggested to me the drapery of a skirt, and this was the result. Also, almost all other artists put the fin at the top---that is, upside down to what I have done I hope my Halibut will be unique and will receive a good price at auction.....
I still have to do the opposite side of the tail; I'll post that when it's done.
..I will also post a couple of close-ups of this piece for those interested to have a better look at the dancer and guitar player...

EDIT: Here is the other side of the Halibut Tail....
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
I love the idea of art on a halibut tail! :D And you're right: the shape of the tail suggests a skirt - something that you've seemed to use in your favour. Beautiful work, Ric.
Ricky-Roo302 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
...thanks, Darth---I'm reasonably happy with the piece, although I had to put in the rose because the composition was lousy without it. That Halibut tail made it all the way to Spain---someone bought it on E-Bay as a gift for his mother who lives there; pretty cool!!
Drak-Joen Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist
Colorful and full of motion, I love it! The contrast with the other side of the tail, both in colors, theme and setting is just geniusilicious. Yes, that's a word, I swear.
Myaco Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow this is very good!
It is awesome! I think it must be very difficult to draw on an objekt like this, right?
maiden13 Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it looks like a dream scene...and the dancer is about to dance right off...the detail is amazing! i love it when i look at something and the artist has but movement into it just a brush stroke :D great job!
Unhinged-Arrogance Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Ahhhh now I get what these are! Oh my god these are amazing. The detail, the colors, love how this one with the red dress. The frills look fantastic and the rose beauteous to the eye. The guitarist makes it all seem like it's a shot out of reality. Wish I could buy one of these. They are truly masterpieces Rick! :)
Ricky-Roo302 Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
...Ah, Brian---you're always there for me!!! THANK YOU, my friend; you are awesome!!!
Unhinged-Arrogance Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Student General Artist
I am still amazed at how you were able to create these. I won't ask how you did, as it's like magic :D These are still incredible. Had to look again cause your work is always so fantastic. :)
IndiraJ Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
I don't even know what to say, really. The shape of the dress within the tail was an awesome idea! The colors are beautiful, too! Good luck with the auction!

Who knew a halibut could be so elegant? :D
Ricky-Roo302 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
...that's very kind---I appreciate that very much!!! ---Ric C.
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