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!


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Redbubble version of the fez fish

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Society6 version of the fez fish

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A fez-wearing fish holding a tea cup

Night of the Cuppa

A fish, a fez and a cuppa.

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Redbubble t-shirt featuring the fez fish
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Society6 version of the fez fish

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Drawing of a happy bear

Happy Bear

Greetings from California. Home of the happy bear!

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Redouble throw pillow of a happy bear
Redbubble sticker of a happy bear

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preview panel from Hero short comic

Hero

Hero two-page comic
“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

This comic was inspired by my sister and my wife’s childhood memories and was created as a follow up to “The Pink Cape”.

-Download the PDF version of this comic from Dan’s itch.io page-
This download is FREE, but I’ll happily accept small payments to support my art material and web server expenses. Thanks, Dan

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