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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 )
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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!
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RichardWadePreston Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
very cool!, love the way you work with sculpey!
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fmoscuro Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Muy bueno!!
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gecko-online Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012   Traditional Artist
great work and concept! stay well! ;-)
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Pronus Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Very cool though a higher res image would allow us to see more detail.
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Bluelisamh Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Wonderful work :) Congrats on your DD!!
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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]
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kusakaice Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student General Artist
awesome :)
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RottingBeefCarcasses Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This fish is sick :) looks like it's rotting
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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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SHARPMAN5000 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Dood... This is beautifully eerie. The head reminds me of the sheegoths from Metroid Prime... [link]

The amount of detail here is astounding... and in my opinion, this is a masterpiece.

Keep doin' what you do, mate.
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fractalhead Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
nice work
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NonieR Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Yeah, I can see some coelacanth in there (especially the fins), but it's clearly an original fantas/horror fish.
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice work! Very Lovecraftian! :D
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wolfifi Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know why....but i find the fish very beautiful... .__.
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FenrirsRune Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
zombie fish or maybe radioactive fish, anyways looks awesome creepy at the same time, i would like to pet it :D
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davidhutton123479 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like it. It looks scary, Yet I still think that it looks sweet.
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TheSPunk3d Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! It looks like my grandma!
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CMWVisualArts Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to meet your grandma.
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TheSPunk3d Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol!
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MystalurDimensh Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Weird science.
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Afireinsidegirl Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Beautiful :D
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KristenMash Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome!
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NicaBreeze Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
i love weird stuff, thank you
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LostInTheMorning Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive! Congrats on the DD!
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Wulfward Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh wow! What a bizarre and at the same time, strangely beautiful sculpture! Congrats on the DD!
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olnewtalkiii Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
awesome...
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Harpiya Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
sea monster *o* I would even place some led lights behind it. Would creepy me out at night ^-^ Gratz on the well deserved DD
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ATOMixC Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wouldn't surprise me if they found this..THING beneath the sea
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Neutral-Death Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Is that lettuce?
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TheRattmann Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
glorious. wish i could sculpt this good :)
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SkyeSmith Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
creeptastic (:
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NutaNeurotic Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Much congrats on your DD!~
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grotesquelucienne Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Found near Fukushima...
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VermillionFenrir Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! this is so stuning and detail!
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S3cRt Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Wow,But It Make Me Scare.:fear:
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joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
awesome!!! love!!!
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Panlong-Dragon Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SO AWESOME!
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IAJusty Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WoW AMZAING!!
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deepkk Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like it!!
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jhhughes Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's really cool
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graphic-rusty Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderfully weird :)
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OrangeKrissy Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Ewww, looks like some fish from the Hudson. Pollution is a terrible thing. Way cool. I can see it on the shelf of the Oddities store.
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STelari Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This fish, with its look, would be a very succesful predator. Neat!
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Dendrobatid Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
the head looks like a xenomorph. very cool
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Itsukiart Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really good looking fish XD
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CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional
awesome!
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SuperAimster Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD! :heart:
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Dragon-princess08 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student General Artist
This is absolutely amazing! Its like a cross between the angler, and a weedy sea dragon. :D
I cannot describe how much I like this, congrats on the DD!
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MindTuber Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
great scuplture, I like it
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