Thursday, June 17, 2010

Drawing Flies 52_25 27000 ft Gartside Sparrow

Drawing Flies 52_25 27000 ft Gartside Sparrow

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Swing by Jason's blog to check out his rendition of the of the Gartside Sparrow!

Tech Info- Black Flair pen on Moleskine sketchbook with a bit of saliva.

I have had a busy and hectic week. The day job has been keeping me going from early in the morning to late at night. So busy that this weeks fly was done on the fly at 27,000 feet. That has to be one of the highest flying sparrows I have ever seen! Alright, now you are probably wondering what 27,000 feet, sparrows and saliva have to do with this fly. The fly was drawn today on my return flight from St. Louis. As I had my tray table down and I was sketching away, the pilot announced that we were at our cruising altitude of 27,000 feet. And a bit of spit was used to soften and smudge the ink in a few areas to give a softer impression in the tail and collar of the fly. So there you have it, a 27000 ft Gartside Sparrow.

The top photo was shot from my iphone after I finished it up. I used a whopping 4 minutes to create this fly. I had 56 minutes left to rest and listen to some music the rest of the ride home.


bob b said...

Awesome. Just shows that when you have a passion, you can make it happen in just about any environment.

Jeff (trout bum) said...

Bob - Thanks. Sometimes you just have to let things happen no matter what the result. Thanks for swinging by and commenting.

Jason Borger said...

Jeff—I sometimes think that adverse conditions (mentally and/or situationally) can lead to little bursts of creativity that go beyond our usual level. Four minutes, some spit, a tray table, and you get this! Sounds funny, perhaps, but I think the spit really made for a nice blending agent (and the blend gave the fly that nice bit of shadow depth/dimensionality). And yes, you may indeed hold the Sparrow altitude record!