Saturday, March 28, 2020

More odd fishes and cool stuff


Deep sea fish are often 'red' fish, in that they have red, orange, and purple coloration, since red is the first color to get stopped by water...at depth these fish are close to black, but on the surface or in the shallows a cool array of sunset colors. 

First I added two Cardinal fish...popular aquarium fish all over. 
The  Banggai cardinalfish is a popular aquarium fish but int he wild has a very limited range, on reefs around the Banggai Islands in Indonesia.  It is not red, but just interesting in general.
A relative is more orange, the Pajama or Spotted Cardinalfish (fyi, they don't look like the bird or the churchman, wonder if they are important in something?), which  has some orange on the fins.

A redder fish family is the Squirrelfish (big eyes = squirrel-like maybe?), which have scales and stripes, and are again a popular saltwater reef fish family.  Drew two common types: Squirrelfish of the Atlantic, and the Hawaiian Squirrelfish of the Pacific.  The Hawaiian model, like the Hawaiian shirt is a bit more colorful.

I also added the deep water Queen Snapper, a purplish-reddish-Atlantic fish caught in water from a few hundred to thousand feet deep.

The same fishes are on patterns and decor also at my Spoonflower site (or soon will be).

Tight lines, calm seas, and BE SAFE!

Bryce L. Meyer


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Sharks and Sharks

Sharks and Sharks


I took a chance to clean up a few older drawings and then add a new one.
Over time, my skills have improved, and I can take the chance to make the fishes look more real, and show their natural beauty better.
The Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) was one.  The old drawing was rough and cartoon-like at best, but after redrawing this king of the rivers, I added many details, made the proportions work, added scales and deeper coloration, and met the short description.  For those unfamiliar with the fish, you likely ate it when you ate salmon at a restaurant or or bought it at a store as it is heavily farmed.  The wild fish are premier fly fishing targets, usually released, and inhabit legendary rivers such as the Skye, Ness, Spey, and at one time, the Thames. They are native to the North Atlantic, and spawn in rivers in North America and Europe. Landlocked fish are targets in New York, and some have colonized the Great Lakes. They are now found in the Southern Ocean in South America, New Zealand, Australia, and have gotten loose to a small degree in British Columbia.  They are related to Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) which look similar when in the sea.

The Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas)  really needed an update too. It first appeared in my book Audrey's Amazon Rivers, and then in Cafe Press and other spots.  My drawing was primitive and sported river colors. This shark can live in freshwater or saltwater, and is found worldwide in temperate and tropical waters, including far up the Amazon and Zambezi rivers, in lakes in Africa and Central America, and rarely in the Mississippi River up to Alton, Illinois.  The new drawing is more color accurate, meets the description, and has the details such as fin edge markings that make it realistic.

Then I added the Sand Tiger Shark (Carcharias taurus).  This is a very scary looking shark, but in reality is a fish eater, and is fairly benign to diver and swimmer alike, which is why many aquariums feature this fish. The teeth are snaggle-toothed, and a key feature is that this shark lives from the surf to continental shelf, worldwide.

In Spoonflower, look for my latest, mostly groupers and butterflyfish.
Look for the new sharks and salmon, and two new butterflyfish in a week.


Enjoy tight lines and fair seas!
Bryce



Monday, February 24, 2020

More butterflyfish

More Butterflyfish drawings!


Drew up two similar butterflyfish: Chevron and Atoll.

Chevron butterflyfish (Chaetodon trifascialis) is a saltwater reef fish of the Indian and Pacific oceans including the Red Sea, and has lots of arrow marks (like sergeant stripes sideways).

A close relative, same genus is the Atoll Butterflyfish (Chaetodon mertensii)  hangs out on tropical Pacific Reefs.
Note the similar species to the Atoll Butterflyfish: Chaetodon madagascariensis  Indian Ocean, Chaetodon xanthurus , and Chaetodon paucifasciatus Red Sea.  Making something a species versus just a population is a big deal in the fishery biologist community, and can spark heated debate if the animals in question all look the same. Whole careers for some hinge on finding a species, and if you want to watch college professors yell at each other, ask them to prove their favorite is actually a species. 

Look for a whole pile of other fishes, including groupers, in my spoonflower site soon too. 

Tight Lines and Calm Seas,
Bryce

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Latest Fishes and Designs


Drew up a few of the more interesting groupers out there.

  1. Strawberry Hind (Grouper, Kitty Mitchell)(Cephalopholis spiloparaea): My brothers and I have caught many strawberry groupers over the years in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, always putting them back (too small anyhow). These colorful aggressive little groupers (hinds) would be great in an aquarium to be sure, with their pink and red coloration and spots, though I am sure any other fish would be dinner.
  2. Coral Hind (Coral Trout)(Cephalopholis miniata): This colorful fish is found off the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean Reefs including the Red Sea and Great Barrier Reef.  Again a little grouper that likes reefs. 
  3. Misty Grouper (Hyporthodus mystacinus): This is a deep water grouper found from 300 feet on down, on ledges and deep wrecks and reefs. 

Tight lines,
Bryce

 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Colorful Fishes and complex drawings

Colorful Fishes and Complex Drawings


(FYI..I have an encyclopedia by species if you want to see what each species looks like).
I think my skills are finally up to tackling some of the more complex fish species out there, so I drew up a few over the holidays. The simple Jacksmelt was added because I catch them all the time off the piers of SoCal, and sandbar shark because they are in the surf all the time on the east coast, as warm-up. Then I added a few species of triggerfish, including: Orange-linedRedtail Triggerfish (found in California and Baja), Titan (found in the tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans), and Niger Redtoothed Triggerfish(found in the Indo-Pacific too).  I also added a few salmonids that are complex including Gila trout (New Mexico and Arizona), and Masu (Cherry) Salmon (from Japan).

Pacific salmonids are really interesting as a genus. The trout species are likely descended from 'precocious par' or juvenile looking fish that get reproductive before the go to sea, that got trapped inland by various geological events.  These include rainbow trout, golden trout, Gila trout, cutthroat trout, redband trout, and relatives.  The salmons (like Coho, Chinook, Pink, Sockeye/Kokanee, and Masu)  are the one that spawn mature, and die soon after...the ultimate in 'dying to love' scenario.  Now the interesting questions are for sea-run cutthroats and steelhead. Likely after becoming the trout form, they got a chance to reconnect with the ocean? Note that some steelhead/rainbow trout go 'steel' event after being separated from the big water for many generations.

Note if it appears in my Cafepress or DBH sites, it is also in my Spoonflower site on cloth and wallpaper (or soon will be).

Life is amazing!
Bryce

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Make us both money, and Piles and Piles of Fishes and Whales on Material



You make money and I make money:
I am often asked if you can order my designs on cloth via spoonflower (yes) then make something from it an sell it (of course).

Since I make money on the sale of cloth from spoonflower for my designs, then anything that make you want to buy more cloth works for me :0)

example: Jane buy 10 yards of Ribbon seals on purple (https://www.spoonflower.com/en/fabric/7132790-ribbon-seal-on-purple-by-combatfish) then makes 5 shirts using the cloth and sells them in her shop. I made my money on the 10 yards of cloth she bought, she makes her money selling the 5 shirts. We are both happy :0) Hopefully Jane then buys more cloth, to make more shirts, making me and her more money :0)

If you do decide to go that route fyi, Spoonflower has bulk pricing and Pro versions for small business owners...and grants too.
ex:
https://try.spoonflower.com/promos/
https://www.spoonflower.com/wholesale


so make us both rich LOL :0)
p.s.
Posted on the order of several dozen designs on spoonflower (https://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/combatfish )
Mostly fishes that have yet to be pushed to cloth and wallpaper, thus onto furniture and housewares.
In time to make cool gifts for all the fall and winter holidays.

Bryce




Thursday, July 18, 2019

Refresher: Where is all my art?


In addition to books (on amazon, look for my author page ),
my art is purchasable in these venues:



  • Offshore fish in action shop (Sharks, Tunas, Swordfish, Dorado, etc.)


  • Northern freshwater fishes including salmon, trout, walleye
  • If all that sounds confusing, there is a cool, pictorial catalog that has almost everything (some DBH, spoonflower patterns are not in it to avoid clutter): http://www.combat-fishing.com/DesignFishCafeCatalog.html