Thursday, July 30, 2020

Sharks and Tuna Weeks

Sharks and Tuna Weeks~!
Answered a bunch of requests, including the very colorful laurel dace, and added several scatter patterns of plankton, tunas, offshore and reef fish, and of course, sharks, including offshore sharks, and deep sea sharks!

tight lines, calm seas, and BE SAFE!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

More oddities

Oddities out finally...

In addition to lots of plankton and turtles hitting the Spoonflower side, I have started adding some fish I wanted to draw for a long time, because I catch them.
Goldeyes are a member of the Mooneye family, and are all over the northern half of North America, in the Mississippi river basin and Great Lakes drainages.  Canadians like to smoke them into a fish dish, I just like to catch them on the fly, as they are a great 2wgt flyrod fish that is a jumper. They have a close relative that I have yet to draw, the mooneye.  I also dropped in an Australian fishing fish, the Talang Queenfish ( a jack), and a fish I caught lots in the Florida Panhandle (especially Pensacola Bay), the White (Sand) Seatrout.  The White Seatrout is oft confused with both the silver seatrout, and silver perch, and is a croaker, of the weakfish branch (as is the White Seabass in California, and the Tortuaba from the Sea of Cortez).   There is some argument that the white seatrout is really a subspecies of weakfish that is minus spots. Whatever you call them, they are a fun fish that is roughly a pound and likes to bite at night. 
I also updated the Master Catalog to make is load far faster.

Enjoy, tight lines, and be safe,

Monday, June 8, 2020

Odd fishes and Plankton

Odd fishes and Plankton

Plankton are microscopic organisms that form the base of the ocean, lake, and river food chains.  There are two big categories: Phytoplankton which are the photosynthetic things, and the zooplankton, which are the things that eat the light using phytoplankton.   I started drawing a few interesting types of zooplankton, and they are now in the pile (awaiting spoonflower push, but in cafepress, etc.):

  • Two copepods so far.  Copepods are crustaceans related distantly to shrimp. 
  • Another odd crustacean: Cystisoma Hyperiid
    • Giant eyes and looks more like a cross between a fly and a shrimp
  • A microscopic deep worm: Tomopteris Polychaete
  • A sea slug we saw on a research trip to Panama City Beach a decade ago: a Nudibranch  
  • More will follow
Also added a fish that I like to catch in the Mississippi river on a fly rod: the Skipjack (Shad) Herring. Jumps like a tarpon, and is food for many large predatory fish.

Also will be adding more European saltwater fishes, and did add the John Dory (Zeus, St. Peters) Fish. It is definitely a time consuming draw, but worth it. 

Tight lines, calm seas, and be careful with your eyepieces!


Thursday, May 21, 2020

Suggested adds and some others

Suggested adds and some others

As I noted before I do take suggestions, and draw them up when I get a chance (i.e. night, weekends, off days, or really boring meetings...)

Added the Clown Knifefish (Featherback) which is native to SE Asia, but is loose in south Florida Canals (wanted to catch one on the fly for a while, seen some near Miami).

Also by request added the Ram (Butterfly) Cichlid, which took a while due to deep details.

Also added a common turtle that is in the wild  around the Midwest (if you see these, lots of fish are also nearby) and also a common pet: Map Turtles, and the colorful Florida Cooter Turtle.

All in Spoonflower in a few weeks, but in Cafepress now.

More as I think of them....

Tight lines and Fair Seas, 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Cute little ignored fishy: Salema

The Salema grunt(Xenistius californiensis)

(for a real picture: )

In addition to my continuing shark updates for the deep sea sharks (updated the frilled shark...what an odd beastie to be sure! and added the smoothhound shark too, and fixed the sixgill shark and sevengill shark) I added a cute little fish that one sees when fishing light under the lights of SoCal bay piers (Belmont Veterans pier is a perfect example) : the Salema (grunt) (Xenistius californiensis). It is a yellow-orange striped fish that looks like a white bass, yellow bass (which is of the same size range too) or baby striped bass that got dipped in colorful paints.  Like many cases in nature its looks are due to convergent evolution, i.e. even though the Salema is a grunt, and the yellow bass is a temperate bass, they are both schooling fish that eat small invertebrates and small fishes.  Not to be confused with the Mediterranean Salema (a porgy, that looks like a pinfish which is also a porgy). Interesting ly enough, you could theoretically catch the deep sea sharks mentioned above and the little Salema on the same pier, but likely not on the same tackle!

Tight lines and calm seas,

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Slow Revisions and Updates

Slow Revisions and Updates

As time allows and the mood strikes me, I have been redrawing some older designs to make them more biologically accurate. Many older designs from 2015 or before are a little cartoonish, and have giant splashy signatures. The new designs are still signed (usually near bottom fin or tail) but not with crazy large font, and have far more detail in the design to reflect the beauty of the real animal. Last time updated the Bull Shark and added the Sand Tiger and Sandbar Sharks.

The latest set:
Great white shark, biting and swimming (yes, looks dangerous now, though the old version is still in the cafe press shop).
Leopard shark (this version is drawn from one I caught off Oyster Point Pier)
(Common) Thresher Shark (yes, the tail is that a tadpole.  Seen them caught over the years and they are very powerful swimmers that jump.  There are legends of threshers chopping heads of fishermen. ).

They will show in spoonflower for your projects in the next couple of weeks (delays in getting cloth to review due to virus stuff). Will be available on furniture and decor at the same time, same site.

Stay Safe and Enjoy,

Cafe press shops: start here for sharks:
Main Catalog: All the species I have
Shopping Site for everything I do:
some designs also go here:
Design by Humans:

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Making Masks from Spoonflower cloth

Making Masks from my Spoonflower cloth

Turns out many of my spoonflower fishy designs are perfect for making masks!

To test this I sewed up a couple last night from a sample set of test swatches (i.e. my artist samples with white boarders, your orders may not).
The test swatch size is good for one mask, though a yard can be used to make many.

I tagged the ones that are best for the purpose, though any of my designs with smaller items (i.e. 2" per item or less) work well.

For my mask, I used two 10" pieces of cord, half a twist tie from a coffee bag (the thick ones), and a section of test swatch of this pattern:

I made my wife's from this pattern, again 2 10" cord sections, and the twist tie:

1) Fold over pattern, invert, then sew edges.
2) Invert to make pattern stick out, put twist tie in middle top and stitch in
3) stick in cords to make a loop (test on your face), then sew in and sew in edge.  Repeat for each edge. Make sure it fits snug!

There are patterns all over the web but I sort of winged it and it worked out I think:

Here is a list of a few other good ones:

but I have a few hundred in my shop that will work.

Stay safe!