Fine art illustration of a small school of Bandwing Flying Fish (Cheilopogon exsiliens.)
The Bandwing Flying Fish was completed on 9.25.2014. I had been kicking around the idea of creating a drawing of flying fish for a few years, but always seemed to put it on the back burner. There are many interesting species, but there are surprisingly (or not surprisingly) few good reference photos out there. I found a few for this species and put together the layout as shown, after several sketches and experimentation with the position of the fish. Looking at it now I think it’s one of my favorite pieces I’d done in some time.