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Mounted Fish by mtomsky Mounted Fish by mtomsky
Layered, laser cut, plywood illustration. Inspired by my friends father who recently passed away, he loved fishing and mounted his own fish.

Approximate size is 580mm by 260mm and 20mm depth.

This is available to by on Etsy here [link] as well as most of my other laser cut pieces.

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I am thoroughly impressed with all the pieces in this gallery, but I stopped on this one as a common feature throughout really caught my eye on this piece.

This piece has a dark, saddening tone to it, not only brought on by the darker wood stains used, but in the expression on the fish's face as it's snagged by the hook. The skeletal structure is a definitively morbid reminder or the mortality of all living creatures. Perhaps the saddest part - and my favorite element - is the cute illustration style in the fish's face. One likes to think of cute little creatures as being eternal in a way, but no one likes to think of cute little creatures dying or otherwise being harmed. So there's definitely a certain heart string being tugged at in this piece.

Method-wise, the usage of a laser cutter throughout the gallery (like this piece) brings a fresh, modern take on wood working. I've always thought traditionally carved wood reliefs and mignets were interestings, but the layers approach to this makes it so much more interactive to the viewer. As a viewer, the layers make me want to look at it closer, to follow certain lines and see if my eyes call out new details as I dig deeper into the piece. The possibilities for hidden features in this method are endless, and the reductive color scheme just makes that interactivity more enjoyable.
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ionselat Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
This artwork is great, the depth from all the underlying layers with the shading is superb!  I must attempt one of these if I ever get around to buying a scroll saw!
josegoncalo Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
perforator2012 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
amazing work!
cristallane Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
thats so awesome i wish i had the talent to do stuff like that ... :3 you have a cool talent
mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
I just bumped into your work, outstanding depth!  Really a cool piece.
azridjokoloro Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's amazing man!
feldrand Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
KillerRu Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student Photographer
Sometimes I just wish I was rich... To buy incredible art like yours :(
mtomsky Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks but it's not so expensive ;)
KillerRu Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Student Photographer
No offcourse not for the amount of work you put in it that's rather cheap, but I don't really have 430€ in my pocket just for a piece of art... There's bills that need to be payed...
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