Fancy Goldfish are Fancy. Also, Sheep.

Maureen, A Goldfish
2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics

This is Maureen. She is best friends with a starfish named Dinky. This is my favorite ATC to date. I don’t know what happened, it just flowed. :)

Emilio, Another Goldfish
2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics

Then, another fish. Emilio wanted to be a seahorse when he grew up. Once he learned it was never going to happen, his expression turned into a scowl which has been with him ever since. Much too heavy-handed compared to the first one. Must stick to the tiniest nibs. Arrrgh! But still happy with him.

Then, after Maureen and Emilio, I did several new cards that I was not happy with. I panicked a bit. Have you ever done something you really liked and then worried you would never do anything good again? Well, I did that. I mentioned it to Leigh of Colorfulleigh and she said the same thing happens to her. So, I guess it’s a thing that happens but we keep pushing forward. ;)

I seem to be doing lots of sheep. Here is another.

Blue Swirl Sheep, 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics

Grant the blue sheep was born in Hawaii. But he is allergic to macadamia nuts. Speaking of nuts, I’ve gone a bit nutty with the white gel pen! I think it’s an interesting effect for this sheep, and I think it also repaired a few ugly spots, but I probably need to lay off the gel pen a bit. Or just practice more. I thought it would be cool to see all the sheep together:

Five Sheep ATCs, oh my! From left to right: Pinky Mae, Patrick O’Keefe, Deeba, Grant, Arwen

Thanks for visiting! I totally skipped an Illustration Friday but plan to do “Freeze” this week. Probably!

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21 thoughts on “Fancy Goldfish are Fancy. Also, Sheep.

  1. Beth Parker

    These are Wonderful, Cindy! I was in the mall in Muskogee yesterday and they have an aquarium. It made me think about doing some more fish paintings. I couldn’t do them this beautifully though. I love that 1st one especially!

  2. linda (dots n doodles)

    Love your goldfish with all their colours and detail. You are really on a roll with your ATC’s and I love the names you give your animals.

    I too suffer with those moments when you paint or draw something you really like and then wonder if you can ever produce something as good again. I call them “I think I am a fraud” moments, luckily they soon pass.

  3. Mom

    Hi!! Your talents are endless!! The goldfish are super & all the colors are A plus-& you know I love your 5 sheep!!*blanks are the norm every so often with the smartest of us”-Not to worry! Love, Mom PS Stanley thought the Gold fish were cool!

  4. clara nilles

    These are awesome! I adore the goldfish, they both have attitude. And the sheep series is just lovely….I do like the white gel accents. They are just the right touch of highlights.

  5. Ana

    Poor Emilio. He shouldn’t be that angry, he’s a beautiful fish :)
    I’ve done drawings I really like when I first finish them but it doesn’t last long… after a while I start seeing things I could have done better or just different…then I don’t want to see them anymore because that makes me a bit crazy.
    I love your sheep ♥

  6. Amanda Pollard

    Maureen IS truly beautiful. I really loved your original pencil line drawing, but the copics – in your expert hands – make for a magical transformation to a fish of rare poise and majesty (who knew goldfish had the potential for such greatness?!). Brilliant. I think the ATC format works fantastically well for showcasing your creatures, but am also looking forwards to the next larger piece (OK, that is quite greedy – I just can’t get enough!) x.

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  8. nik

    Maureen is truly magically majestic, enrobed in her scaly coat of many golds. Emilio may be heavier in character, but I believe it is only due to his rather melodramatic nature and in fact he would make a fine model for a serious stained glass artist…in fact that may be his true calling. Not all Fancy Goldfish may have such a fortunate destiny!
    Your sheep are quite impressive! They share a certain wise demeanor and might well serve as revered council to your local sheep commune. Or perhaps they just have good poker faces and would be formidable foes in a Saturday night round or two. Unless they get tipsy. Which sheep may tend to do. ;)

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