Find two examples of still life work which includes fish and in each case note the title, artist and date. Make a quick sketch of both pieces.
I decided to choose two pieces that were quite different. The first was a Picasso and the second by William Merritt Chase. It is no exaggeration to say that I have not tried to draw properly for decades. I tried to experiment a little in each sketch. In the first there are areas of colour and so I decided to use coloured pencils.
In the second,the artist’s emphasis was on realism so I used normal drawing pencils but instead tried using both hard and relatively soft ones.
Drawing 1 – Based on Picasso’s Still Life with Fish (1923)
Drawing 2 – Based on William Merritt Chase’s Still Life with Fish (Date unknown)