Monday, July 18, 2011

Moorish Idol Fish Digital Illustration

I really enjoyed drawing this trio of tropical fish. They are moorish idols, Zanclus cornutus, "Crowned Scythe". In schools their stripes make it hard to pick out individual fish.  As in herds of zebra, stripes confuse predators.  They prefer shallow waters and flat reefs, making them popular with snorkelers.  They are also small enough to be fairly common in salt water aquariums.  I love the patterning on the "forehead". So I made sure to include and least one partially frontal view of this lovely little fish.

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