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September 6, 2006
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Betta Nouveau by Morrgan Betta Nouveau by Morrgan
So I decided to toss the old pencils out the window and buy some proper ones. This is the first test with my fancy new Derwent Inktense pencils. I like them already.

I thought I'd draw a portrait of my favourite Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens), affectionately called Stinky. I've drawn him several times before, but this time I seem to have gotten that Mucha exhibition I went to see a few weeks ago on the brain.

Dear old Stinky was a true gentleman among bettas and my first Siamese fighting fish. He was the biggest and frankly the most gorgeous fighter I've ever seen. He didn't bother the females or other smaller fish, but never hesitated to drive off any rival male who dared to appear (in the form of a mirror) with a fantastic show of fins and gills. He passed away many years ago, but I still remember him fondly.

Prints available!
Prints now available!
- professionally printed glossy photographic prints
- size 20x27 cm (8x10,5 in)
- price US$15 + shipping

Send me a note if you're interested! If you'd like a different size (at least 30x40 cm - 11,8x15,7 in is possible), let me know and I'll look into it.
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CrystalBreeze77 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Wow! Great job! =]
lotrfancier Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
beautifully done!
KeziahRose Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
So beautiful! Who would have thought bettas and art nouveau would look so wonderful together? =D
DAbettaclub Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
You've been invited to the ~DAbettaclub!
We'd love to include this image in our gallery, and/or any other betta photos/art you have :)
Let us know if you'd like to join. :hug:
InaG Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2006   Photographer
very nice colours here! and an interesting sort of fish...does it really look like that?
Morrgan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006
Thanks! I took the liberty of adding the swirly bits to the fins, but otherwise it's pretty close. I don't have a photo of Stinky unfortunately, but I found one that's almost like him on the net: [link]
sazukaChan Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2006
Very lovely drawn. I like it. You sure have some talent. Keep it up.
Morrgan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006
ClimaxTogether Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2006
I chose this one from your gallery to comment on, simply because I love traditional pencil drawings, and also because it shows your talent in pencil shading. Also, because I used to own a Beta (who sadly died before his time) and I remember how absolutely beautiful they are. ;)

Nice touch on adding a 'fantasy' like background and the playful fins
Good work! :thumbsup:
Morrgan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006
Thank you for the lovely comment! They are such pretty fish indeed. :)
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