One of the 150

One of the 150

Hey amigos, the new issue of The Flyfish Journal is out.  I’m lucky enough to have a feature/gallery of my work in this piece, and I even nabbed the cover; pretty stoked about all this. As part of my feature, the crew at TFFJ have cooked up some promotions that involve one of a kind sketches – pay attention to their Facebook feed for details, or join their e-mailing list to stay on top of things.

Image courtesy of The Flyfish Journal

Image courtesy of The Flyfish Journal

In all, I made 150 original sketches.  All around 8″ x 6″, mixed media on paper.  Some were very quick in their execution, others got a bit more attention.  For the most part it’s fish (or fish heads), but there are some skulls thrown in, and a few that fall outside my norm.  I think I spent around 3.5 weeks completing all 150.  Some days/nights I’d manage to bang out around 10 from start to finish, other nights I went to bed early, or vegged out with Netflix – no sketches made.

It was a fun project, and beyond creating the 150 sketches for the promotion, I gathered a few takeaways of my own:

  1. Drawing steelhead, smallies, browns, etc 5 – 10 at a time forced me to realize that I need to hone up on my fish anatomy.  I have a good grasp of the basic fishy forms, but I’m lacking in the detailed aspects.  I hope to create some thoughtful pencil sketches and drawings in 2016 that approach the subjects as studies. The goal would be to make the marks, lines, and components more automatic in my works.
  2. I really like working with watercolors and ink washes – I need to work this into my regular repertoire.
  3. I found a weight and tooth of paper I dig – although I’m on a wood panel kick, I think I’ll make sure to crank out some works on paper this year.
  4. I particularly dig the following fish as subjects (in no order of priority): Steelhead (both chrome bright and colored up bucks), big browns, and smallies.  These three fish offer so much in terms of color, texture, pattern and form.  Big browns may be my new favorite – either by observation in real life, or the gazillion images online, it is clear that they have a huge range of variation in head shape, jaw structure, girth (big fatties or long snaky ones), spots, and overall combination of colors; greens, aqua blues, yellows, oranges, reds, and browns change based on geography, age, diet, water, etc.
  5. I really like drawing. Period.

So, without further blah, blah, blah…here are the 150.  Hope you enjoy!

Clink on any image to browse them all in a gallery.


  One thought on “150

  1. John Murphy
    January 2, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Jake you Rock
    Great work
    Keep it up

  2. Tyler Hackett
    January 2, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Seeing all 150 is pretty sweet. I think your thoughts on how to approach making work going forward are good words to work by!

  3. ROB
    March 17, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    So, the FFJ guys (Ben/Matt) sent me #100/100 for my renewal, and I am STOKED. It is beautiful. BEAUTIFUL. Getting it framed for my birthday, and it is going to hang in my office. Love it man, thanks so much for going to the effort. RB

    • March 26, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      Wicked! Glad you like it Rob…and stoked to hear that it will have a good home! Cheers

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