This piece is similar to the previous artistic cartography piece called Fishing the 1000 Islands which shows the most commonly caught fish in the Islands.
This new artistic cartography piece; however, will be reserved strictly for Sunfish. The Sunfish Family is quite large. There is a total of 38 species that comprise the Centrarchidae Family. All of which are native to North America and I will be presenting the most common 8 that inhabit the 1000 Islands.
I've started with a little Bluegill on the nautical chart of the Islands. I begin with a light pencil outline and then add the scales and main structural lines of the jaw, gills and various fins.
Below is a progress picture with the finished Bluegill, a Pumpkinseed above it which is almost done and a Redbreast in the bottom left corner.
Black and White Crappie, which are excellent pan fish and can be a lot of fun to catch since they are usually a fair bit bigger than other sunfish. Below is the start of the Black Crappie.
See a little bit of my work in action below. If you watch this little time lapse you will see how many colours I go through to just get the top portion of the sunfish done. There are a lot of layers and blending that takes place to obtain the desired final colour.
As progress is made and the final piece comes together I will update this page. Below is the most up-to-date progress image.