Monday, August 31, 2009

Does Not Play Well With Others

I've never fished for pike. They are pretty intimidating looking fish - basically alligators with fins. Aggressive, toothy beasts with an appetite for anything that they think they can swallow.  I've seen a photo of a pike that died attempting to eat another pike that was about the same size that it was....
This illustration was a bit of a change in style for me, but I liked the way it came out.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

What's that Dork doing with a Classic Reel?

Many old, classic fly reels are like little jewels. Small, shiny, precious objects that are admired and lusted over. Many worth thousands of dollars. I own a replica of one, which I haven't used in a while. I was a little self-conscious fishing with it because I am not a good enough fisherman to justify such a nice reel...or at least such a classy looking reel. My friend from West Yellowstone, Steve Takata, told me not to worry about that - he said that if I like the reel, I should use it. I shouldn't care what other people think. He's right. Now I need to buy a new flyline for it...... I think that this is my favorite fly reel illustration so far.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Copper John, classic nymph pattern

Drawing of John Barr's famous Copper John nymph. I was really happy with the way the peacock thorax and the copper wire turned out. Actually, it looks better than the Copper John flies that I have tied! This drawing, like the majority of my fly fishing illustrations, was done in a vector format, using Adobe Illustrator. A vector drawing can be enlarged to basically any size without any image quality loss, so this image will look the same whether it's small or rendered poster size.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

California Fly Fisher Magazine Icon/Logos

This year I created two icon/logos for California Fly Fisher magazine. They appear on the top of their "Chasing Metal" steelhead column and "Gearhead" equipment column. The icons have a rustic woodcut look that matches existing feature icons.