Blue Mandarin

To continue the ocean theme I seem to be on with the looser style again. The mandarin fish has a body shape similar to a goby, though this is the only resemblance between the two. The vivid coloration sports a bright blue background, with swirly orange stripes and a blue-greenish face with bold blue stripes. The large pelvic fins are used for ‘walking’ on the seafloor and are often mistakenly seen as the pectoral fins. The real pectorals are located almost at the center and are nearly transparent, with a tinge of bright blue. The dorsal fin, which is exceptionally tall in males, has a striking orange-and blue design as well. The eyes are usually red with black pupils. Different varieties sport different markings and colors. The sketch is a quick pencil sketch for proportions and then direct to watercolor without ink.  Pilot Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s Black ink and Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2016-02-13 Blue Mandarin


2 thoughts on “Blue Mandarin

  1. Roger Robison February 16, 2016 / 12:29 pm


    This Ocean Theme is really great. During these cold, grey, dark days of winter it is a real pleasure to have some color washed onto our overheated, dry winter eyes. it is good for the mood also! 🙂



    • waynejacques February 17, 2016 / 5:08 am

      Thanks Roger. It is a fun theme with everything so grey outside.


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