Greater forkbeard, Phycis blennoides
Ink on paper
Artist: Rebecca Jeffree
The greater forkbeard is a deep water fish related to cod and haddock. It is distributed throughout European waters. While it is sometimes eaten in parts of Europe, it is not particularly easy to market in the UK as it is not popular for eating like other species, and so is often discarded at sea.
For more information see BritishSeaFishing.co.uk
About the artist:
There is something about the watery effect of ink paintings that seems to suit fish. I used Winsor and Newton‘s drawing inks for this greater forkbeard. The different colours are often immiscible, creating unpredictable mottled effects that give the fish’s skin a lovely texture.