Longear Sunfish (Lepomis megalotis)
Mixed media (permanent marker & colored pencil), 21 December 2012, 11" x 13.5"
This is my artistic interpretation of the Longear photo that has graced the header of my blog, The Naturalist's Angle, for well over a year now. I've liked it so much that I haven't really gotten the urge to change it... like so many of my fellow fly fisher bloggers do with their headers. This fish was caught in July of 2007 on the South Fork of the Spring River in Arkansas. I used my artistic license to alter a few things from the original image, but I'll leave it to the viewer to figure out those details.
I have wanted to draw a Longear for a long time, and I think it turned out pretty much like I had envisioned. I believe Longear Sunfish are one of the most beautiful fish that swim in freshwater, and I imagine this won't be the last one I illustrate.