Pr6-Ex3: Fish on a Dish

fish-on-dish2Who new drawing a stinky old fish could be so much fun! I used water soluble colouring pencils for this drawing. I only have a small box of 13 colours so am quite astounded how such a limited pallet can be layered to produce a drawing that is richer in hue than the sum of its parts.

I chose a rainbow trout because I liked the colours and it was o offer. The only patterned plate I have is a turquoise with very fussy pattern so I opted for a plan plate and pattered cloth instead. I’m pleased with the out come. I would like to redo the exercise on reflective surfaces I didn’t finish in part one as I often find my drawings lack obvious reflective areas. It may have improved the fish to have a few white reflective ares on the back. I will try and incorporate this in assignment two.



fish07fish08I sourced some Blockingford paper and cut it down to just over A3. I scribbled some colour down for the under drawing and went over with a large flat brush. The pencil marks melted into a nice even base. I’m impressed with the paper. It buckles but then returns to flat. I helped this by placing drawing under drawing board to flatten between sessions.

I built up the scales with dash marks in different colours. I experimented with wetting the paper and drawing on as well as wetting the nib of the pencil. Both produced pleasing effects.

Half way through the table cloth I thought I should have used ink for that. Quicker and interesting to mix media. It turned out ok though. I drew in the flower shapes then went over with wet brush to drag dilute yellow over cloth so plate would stand out as the only white object. I used blue for plate shadow which works nicely against the yellow.

Like these pencils. Lots of scope as they can do both fine detail and large smooth areas when water is added.



About Emma Perring

Artist, oil painter


  1. Well done, Emma. This looks great.

  2. Hi Emma,

    This looks great, I wish I could be as brave as you to use such strong colours.


  3. Hello Emma, I really like the colours that you have achieved in this and you have captured the weight of the fish as it lays in the plate beautifully. Chris

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