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Tidgy's Dad

How lovely! :wub:

I cannot draw or paint so always find this sort of work quite amazing. 

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Darktooth

Great work Mike! I really like displays like this. Having a fossil specimen, along with a drawing or painting of the living creature just adds to the overall mystique of something now extinct. Well done.

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digit

Splendid, Mike! I'm with Adam on this one--artists fascinate me. :) The best I can do to hide my utter lack of artistic ability is to pick up a camera and capture some of nature's art.

 

Looking forward to seeing more from this series.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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Wolf89

wow! How cool is that! When I get my own fish, I'll have to try that :envy:

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Fossildude19

That is great, Mike!  :wub:   Awesome art work.

Thanks for posting this - looks like you found a great medium to work with! 

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Darko

Awesome work! I love it !:ighappy:

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snolly50

I'm liking that - a lot. Wonderful art, and it adds a nice novelty to the display of the fossil. It's a double win. Yes, do more. You've got something there.  

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Pagurus

@Tidgy's Dad; @Darktooth: @digit; @Wolf89; @Fossildude19; @Darko: @snolly50

 

Thanks for the encouragement, guys. I occasionally have an idea that I still like after I've tried it. So far I still like the potential of the project and I'm looking forward to learning a little more about the fish as I go. I think it will be fun. I hope I can continue with it.

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ReptileTooth

Great artistic  rendition of your fossil!:dinothumb:

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rebu

Great painting and excellent idea for displaying your fossil. Well done

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digit

Very nice.

 

I'm working on a project to highlight one of my finds with some artwork. Unfortunately, I couldn't draw a recognizable stick figure but I've found someone with real talent to fill in for that missing skill set. Will post a photo when the project is done.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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Mahnmut

great work!

I can´t tell if the scale size is realistic, but it looks really good!

Looking forward to see more fish.

 

Regards,

J

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Bobby Rico

Very nice paintings . I think you done a great job bringing them little fish to life. :dinothumb:

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16 hours ago, digit said:

Very nice. I'm working on a project to highlight one of my finds with some artwork. Unfortunately, I couldn't draw a recognizable stick figure but I've found someone with real talent to fill in for that missing skill set. Will post a photo when the project is done. Cheers. -Ken

 Thanks, Ken. I'm intrigued by your mysterious project and looking forward to seeing the finished result.

 

 

9 hours ago, Mahnmut said:

great work! I can´t tell if the scale size is realistic, but it looks really good!  Looking forward to see more fish. Regards, J

 

Thank you. I do like the look of the scales and I'm thinking I'll paint my next Knightia with scales like that, and probably smaller scales on another Diplomystus. I'm glad you like the way it looks. I've been enjoying your model dinosaur projects.

 

7 hours ago, Bobby Rico said:

Very nice paintings . I think you done a great job bringing them little fish to life. :dinothumb:

 

Thanks, my friend. I'm still trying to get used to the gouache paint and the way the color is so different when it dries. I do like the opacity though, and it's easy to use. It's a fun and relaxing learning experience. Now I just have to get my eyes fixed so I stop seeing "ghost" images. Those round fish eyes really pop out when I see two of them side by side. Really weird. Here's a little Green River fishy I brought to life: :tff:

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Fossildude19

Fantastic work, Mike! I am not surprised, but I am impressed!  :yay-smiley-1:

Very nice, indeed. :) 

 

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rebu

Looks amazing, very nice paintings. Well done :dinothumb:

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Pagurus
5 hours ago, Fossildude19 said:

Fantastic work, Mike! I am not surprised, but I am impressed!  

 

Thanks, Tim. I'm always surprised when I paint something I actually like when I'm done. I'll see if I can paint a Redfieldius for you. I've got a couple of good subjects to study, thanks to you. ;)

 

3 hours ago, rebu said:

Looks amazing, very nice paintings. Well done :dinothumb:

 

Thank you! 

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RJB

   Very nice.  I really like that youve added a real fossil to the paintings. 

 

RB

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Ptychodus04

@Pagurus those are beautiful. I want to commission one depicting a large Diplo feeding on a school of Knightia!

 

I agree that your Diplo scales should be smaller. The ones you painted are more along the size of what you would see on a Phareodus. Since Diplomystus were both clupiformes, they would have had relatively small scales. This also agrees with the more well preserved (and prepared) specimens I've seen.

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JohnJ

Please restrict requests to sell via PM.  :D

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Pagurus
On 3/7/2019 at 9:49 AM, Ptychodus04 said:

I agree that your Diplo scales should be smaller

 

We are both correct, it seems. According to a 1982 paper by Grande, Diplomystus dentatus has approximately 82-90 scales along the lateral line. 

My painting shows approximately 35 scales where the lateral line should be, and this is closer to the scale size of a Knightia. According to Grande, Knightia have about 34 or 35 along the vertebral column (where the lateral line would be if it had lateral line scales).

 

So the scales I drew would be about right for a Knightia, but are more than twice the size they should be for a Diplomystus. Oh well. They look pretty though. I'll try another painting today with more appropriate scales, or just a hint of scales, on the diplo. 

 

Also, in this 1982 paper, Grande states, ""It is concluded here that although Knightia is a true clupeoid..., Diplomystus is not even a clupeiform". I don't know if that's been revised since 1982?  Change happens.
 

 

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Ptychodus04

Good info. I have not seen anything placing Diplomystus in a different family. Now we have a mission. :D

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aplomado

Love the diplo!

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