Inspired by Others #1: Winona Fly Factory

There are numerous Fly Fishing related blogs that I enjoy visiting.   Many of them have  inspiring photos of trout and flies, and fishing destinations.  These images can be a nice escape from the suburbs, a brief journey to another locale, a small trip to Montana, Utah, Wales, Wisconsin or elsewhere.  So I thought it would be fun to use some of these photos as a jumping-off point for some sketches.

The first in this series, was inspired by a nice photo of some  Soft-Hackle Brassies from the Winona Fly Factory blog.  As a fly-tyer there is something so satisfying about looking at a neat row of newly tied flies, so full of hope and promise.  Just what you need in the dead of winter.

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Soft Hackle Brassies by Anthony Naples, inspired by photo from Winona Fly Factory

Note: Sketch done with Sketchbook Mobile on an iPod touch, with some post-processing in Photoscape

6 Comments on Inspired by Others #1: Winona Fly Factory

  1. I stink at tying flies (at least picture-worthy flies), so I always like it when those who do tie have a shot of all those little buggers lined up in neat rows. Nice job.

    • Tying flies is like bringing a little order into a chaotic world; fighting against the insistent urge of entropy. And then when they get lined up in a fly box, row upon row…well it’s a beautiful thing.

  2. Nice, for my day job I teach art. I’ve not made the jump to drawing on my iPhone, but it looks like fun. Like you I tie to break away from the rat race.

    Tight lines.

    • I wish that I had the ability to teach art – that seems like it would be a rewarding job.

      As far as making art on the iPod touch, it has gotten me to do some work after years of inactivity (no mess and no clean-up, perfect for a small house). I’m hoping to bust out the paint or printmaking stuff soon. I’ve gotten some encouragement from comments here and elsewhere – so who knows…
      Thanks

  3. Anthony, I think you should break the paints out I know you could make some beautiful art. I dig whats been done here, thank you.

    • Yeah – I need to find the time to make some actual art instead of just pushing pixels. When I do I’ll post it. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

      I have a few more sketches based on pics from your site – I’ll get them up soon. I don’t want to flood the market though

      Thanks for visiting.

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