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Been sketching a lot of anglerfish lately ….. with twists. So many possibilities with this amazing creature.

" The anglerfish is an incredible example of how living organisms can find a way to survive in even the most inhospitable environment. The Angler Fish lives more than a mile deep in ocean water. There are over 200 species of anglers, which are named for their method of ‘fishing’ for their food. A spine of the dorsal fin acts as a ‘fishing rod’, tipped with a fleshy ‘bait’ which is often luminous. Other fishes are attracted to this lure and get eaten. Most anglerfishes live near the sea bottom. There are four kinds: batfish, goosefish, frogfish, and deep-sea angler."

This poor bugger is in a bit of strife.



  • sjem ©
    sjem ©over 5 years ago


    I will come back later and swear more profusely about how good this is, swearing in the first comment might be a bit rude.

  • Pffft …. swear away my friend! Cheers sjem.

    – Nick Ford

  • Simon Sherry
    Simon Sherryover 5 years ago

    Awesome stuff mate, awesome indeed. Gotta say I’m a big fan of deep sea critters – this one is a new favourite. The name alone is just brilliant.

  • WOW! THAT is un-freaking-believable! Love it. Thanks for that Simon. He deserves his own Tee, without a doubt! What a beastie!

    – Nick Ford

  • nofrillsart
    nofrillsartover 5 years ago

    Yeah this looks amazing!

  • Thanks NFA!

    – Nick Ford

  • rubyred
    rubyredover 5 years ago

    Nick this is crazy good! He’s a gnarly old fella. Tops.

  • Sure is. Cheers Rog!

    – Nick Ford

  • Tom Douce
    Tom Douceover 5 years ago

    This Is freaky nick, and By freaky I mean scary and incredible! Hare such a great designer

  • Thanks Tom! He is quite an ugly old fella isn’t he, but it’s pitch black where he lives so it dosen’t matter.

    – Nick Ford

  • sjem ©
    sjem ©over 5 years ago


  • Ha! Thanks again ….. ain’t true though!

    – Nick Ford

  • sjem ©
    sjem ©over 5 years ago

    Ahhhhh …. there we go, include me in the 99% of chumps mentioned above BTW.

  • No way. Your all CHAMPS … not chumps.

    – Nick Ford

  • Rustyoldtown
    Rustyoldtownover 5 years ago

    Great! The way the shadow at the rear gives depth is class! It does seem like it’s underwater.

  • Thanks Rustyoldtown! The head was sketched n scanned then the shadow and cord where done in Illustrator, then put together in Ps and coloured … yeah i think it came together nicely.

    – Nick Ford

  • Malkman
    Malkmanover 5 years ago

    verry cool and dark and deep just like the ocean really verry goooooood wrk

  • Thanks Malkman! Spot on … maybe there should a black option?

    – Nick Ford

  • Naf4d
    Naf4dover 5 years ago

    Fuck, fuckedie fuck!! ;-)
    Cool as Nick.

  • Wow … lotsa swearing over this one! You got the same bug as sjem? :) … Thanks mate!

    – Nick Ford

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