Collage showing the history of the fez fish

Evolving Art

When we first see a drawing, we might imagine a flash of inspiration leading straight to the finished artwork. Many times that’s what happens, but not always.

One of my favorite drawings took a few years and several versions until the art finally matched up with my imagination. The fez fish began as a 2013 sketch book drawing that I scanned and colored in Photoshop.

First version of the fez fish

A few months later, the fish appeared in a surreal fantasy comic that I created for a comic book contest.

Page 13 from the Little Dreamers comic book

After the contest, I returned to the original sketch book drawing and redrew the fish in Adobe Illustrator. I smoothed out the linework and applied shadows to add depth.

Second version of the fez fish

Jumping forward to 2017, I decided to revisit the fez fish in an attempt to better express the Victorian-era mystery of this character.

Sketches of the fez fish, part 1 of 2

Sketches of the fez fish, part 2 of 2

I scanned my sketches and did the final drawing and coloring in Illustrator.

Redbubble version of the fez fish

Sometimes it takes time and patience to get where you want to go. Even when you are travelling through your imagination!

Visit my Redbubble shop to purchase this design as a t-shirt, sticker or phone case.
Redbubble version of the fez fish

Visit my Society6 shop to purchase this design as an art print or home decor item.
Society6 version of the fez fish


2 thoughts on “Evolving Art

  1. Great post Dan! Allows viewers and fans to better understand the work and creative spirit behind your artwork.

    1. Thanks Robert! After posting my art on social media for almost a year, I finally realized that although I was sharing my artwork each day and occasionally describing my art tools/techniques, I wasn’t spending much time explaining how I approached the subjects that I chose to draw. It’s predicted that soon, bots (AI) will be able to simulate human interaction more convincingly than actual humans. I guess that now is the best time for me to actually learn how to be “social” on social media. ūüėČ

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