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Weird Fish - view 1 by michaelshephard Weird Fish - view 1 by michaelshephard
This is one of my newer sculptures (one of the two dozen half-finished projects I started this last month that I actually managed to finish). I'm not even sure what I originally intended with this piece, other than being inspired by deep sea angler fish.

I put a lot of work into sculpting the details, and then ended up obliterating much of that detail because it made this piece look too much like a model of a real fish, and it's not a real fish, it's a strange entity from my subconscious, perhaps masquerading as a fish. Anyway, I'm glad I made those changes, because otherwise I think it would have ended up as a much tamer piece.

The materials that went into it vary, but it's mostly sculpey, with a lot of acrylic medium on top.
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Given 2012-07-21
Weird Fish - view 1 by ~michaelshephard ( Suggested by Athos-of-Light and Featured by SRudy )
LittleAMissEpic Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought it was real! i was gonna be all like " oh wow, i wonder if they have another taxedermy one of this on ebay!" wow dude could have fooled me!
RichardWadePreston Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
very cool!, love the way you work with sculpey!
fmoscuro Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Muy bueno!!
gecko-online Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012   Traditional Artist
great work and concept! stay well! ;-)
Pronus Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Very cool though a higher res image would allow us to see more detail.
Bluelisamh Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Wonderful work :) Congrats on your DD!!
ARTG33K74 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
If your subconscious is hanging out in the depths of the ocean, you need to find this photography book: [link]
kusakaice Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student General Artist
awesome :)
RottingBeefCarcasses Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This fish is sick :) looks like it's rotting
AnnLies Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I really love the organic menace behind this piece. The artist did a fantastic job of layering color and texture, and it almost reminds me of a mat of algae or bacteria that has seen fit to disguise itself as a fish, or perhaps a clump of particularly fetid psyche that has grown and festered in the mind, gathering strength before launching itself after its prey.

I was also impressed with the fact that the artist removed details he had placed previously. Many artists, myself included, can tend to believe subconsciously that more detail is better, and that intricate and accurate details create wonderful art. Well sometimes, but as Michael Shephard has shown us obviously lifelike detail is not valuable in certain situations. Were this sculpture to have more life-like features, it would cease to have such a wonderful psychological impact and become more like one of those singing bass you see inside bars.

Thank you Michael, for championing the eraser. Just remember that erasing details can lead you to the conclusion that
Ann Lies.
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