When I begin my day at the drafting table, the first thing do is choose which illustration to complete. Then I do exhaustive research. I dig into my library, go online, and examine all the photographic, illustrative, and video reference at my disposal.
In the worst-case scenarios, I'll find only photos of dead or pickled specimens. In best-case scenarios I'll find photos of living specimens. If I'm really lucky, I'll find video! Videos provide a treasure trove of information. Instead of one static shot, there are thousands of frames to examine. Play, pause, play, pause, play pause. Bingo! Any questions I may have had about the fish are answered...
When this video was posted on YouTube, could the poster have imagined that it would become an important tool for an illustrator on the other side of the continent?
Got video of your fishes? Put 'em on YouTube! You never know who might think it's made their day :)
On the drafting table today: Rosylip Sculpin: