SOLD, commissioned (91cm x 61cm (36" x 24") Pencil on Paper)
© Craig Bertram Smith
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One of South Africa's favorite gamefish, garrick or leervis, are well respected for their powerful fighting abilities. Despite being a member of the carangidae (trevally) family, garrick are clean fighters, usually staying clear of snags and structure.
Garrick have an unmistakable appearance, with a prominent lateral line and large, sickle-shaped fins. The prominent dorsal fin and a pronounced and slightly protruding anal fin, give the garrick its characteristic body shape.
In the drawing, the scene is set at sunrise against the backdrop of Port Elizabeth's harbour wall. A leerie is portrayed breaking the water's surface as it chases after a small shad. Capturing this split second of feeding frenzy is a challenge that requires a great amount of research and study. It is very important to me to understand how light behaves underwater and also how the fish moves, so that I can bring the concept to life.