New Art - Blue Crab

Blue crab gyotaku - Richie Gudzan
This was a fun project - a fish print ("gyotaku") based painting of a blue crab I caught in the FL panhandle. Ordinarily I'd start by inking and printing the whole fish (or crab), but since these critters are 3-D I had to get a little creative. First I removed all the legs, and printed just the shell; then individually inked, placed and printed each leg or pincer where it should anatomically go. Lots of trial and error I assure you, but the final piece turned out really cool. Once the initial stamp / print was dry, I used washes of watercolor and acrylic to complete the life-size painting.

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