Fine art illustration of a Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus.) The illustration is available in black and white or color.
The Channel Catfish was completed on 6.12.2012. Growing up in Minnesota it was pretty common to encounter these fish (although we more commonly called them “bullheads.” This isn’t normally a fish that would compel me to draw one. But as it is the official fish of several states, I had to render one to help complete the 50 State Project . I based the drawing by looking at several examples of mounted fish, so I don’t really know if this pose is realistic or not, but it seemed to be pretty common for taxidermists to mount these fish in this manner.