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….Cfuuughuuuuu.

So A Niece Of Mine Walks Into A Fugu Restaurant

….and tells me…..

…and this is what my brain turned it into….

…(admittedly after wandering around the house for a couple days going “fuuuuguuuuu” and laughing maniacally …and reading lots of Lovecraft…)…Scan 4

…yup, there may be more than one of these….

Stingray Stingray Dideda Da Da Daaa

…just spent 10 minutes trying to transcribe the horn stab from the theme tune of the “Stingray” TV show…

…time well spent to introduce these pic’s…

…my good friend Dee burst into the crib claiming sightings of a great sea monster frolicking in the bay and suggesting that I abandon my comfy chair to document said sighting with my camera….IMG_0854IMG_0853IMG_0852

 

…was fascinated by the mouth as, during my stay in the UK, I’d collected a healthy handful of fossilised stingray “teeth” grinder plates from Highcliff beach in Dorset…(must tell you all about that some time)….

…unfortunately he wasn’t particularly alive… and in failing light the clarity of the shots is not the best….

..but a cool find all the same.

The Making Of Coelacanth! Coelacanth! Coelacanth!

…it has been one of those days today….

….one of those days when you were expecting to get stuff done but  one thing leads to another and suddenly you find that the photos you were going to post next are still on the camera, the camera is beside the table, the table is at home in the living room….and you … you are at work…

…damn…

….so here’s what I was going to post tomorrow after the plaudits for Coelacanth! Coelacanth! Coelacanth! started rolling in….

…without further ado… the sketchbook pages leading up to Coelacanth! Coelacanth! Coelacanth!… the thrills and spills of having an idea and running with it…

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…the intricacies of which way the little fish in the background should point…
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…the getting side tracked with wether or not to cover the damn things in scales or wall paper patterns…

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…the slowly drifting closer to the final product…

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….and finally the “roughing-out” of the background so you can see if it works the way you imagine it….Scan 53

…and why coelacanths?….

…Cousin Phil saw a preserved coelacanth in a museum in France…  I think it’s the one that the fisherman found that reintroduced the coelacanth to the scientific world and gave us the term “living fossil”…

…Phil was so taken with it he named his house “Coelacanth”…

…I have visited said museum and seen said coelacanth…amazing…

….an inspiration to us all…

… to keep a low profile or some one will “discover”  us and we’ll end up floating in a tank of coelacanth-embalming-goo.