Sea Ravens and Wolfish from the Maritime Aquarium

Stillman & Birn 5.5x8.5" hardbound sketchbook
Golden Black Gesso
Golden Interference Fluid Acrylics
Sakura Gelly Roll pens

This sketch was done on another spread with a background prepared in the studio in advance. The sketch itself was done on location at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT. The gouache stood out pretty well against the black and iridescent surface, and the metallic Gelly Roll pens were the perfect defining touch for these eerie creatures of the deep!


  1. Wonderful Jamie! The outlining is perfect!

  2. Thank you so much, Lotus! I was really happy to find those pens at the Jerrys store on my way to the aquarium!

  3. It's another great spread Jamie. I really like how the painted portion of the fish is loose and then the pen defines it but doesn't adhere too closely to the painted form.

  4. Hey that's a great idea, to prepare gesso in advance -I've never seen the gold black -so now I'm looking for it! Great sketchbook painting! Jesh from FB

  5. Jesh, the black gesso I used is made by the Golden Artist Colors company, but it is just black, not gold black. :) I added diluted Golden Fluid Acrylics interference colors to get the iridescence and shimmer, by spraying them on after the gesso dried.