This work is untitled and was created by Gastón Pacheco, working out of Mendoza Argentina. It's part of series of Illustration published on Behance titled Vol 3. The illustration is of a Fish on that's been hooked and cut into segments from which it's organs are spilling.
The Background is a dark sea floor, lined with ocean crest. There's also a bit of fishing line drifting in the picture, as well as a second smaller fish to the lower right of the image.
Like most of Gaston's work, this piece is centered around Character Design and a lot of detail has been given to central character (as pose to the details in the background). The primary subject is a fish that's been hooked through the upper lip of its mouth. The fish itself has been divided and broken into four segments, where at each break a portion of its inner body is revealed. The Head, with one large eye and 4 whiskers like a catfish, has been segmented from the torso section, which has two small dorsal fins, and two large ventral fins on its belly. The torso also has a thin gash across its side, where some tube-like organs are floating out. The second division is between the torso and upper tail. The upper tail has one dorsal and one ventral fin. And the final break is between the upper and the lower tail which has a tailfin. Within each of the three break sections, the subject's pink inner skin and the links that create the fishes spine are revealed, larger portions at the divide between the head and the torso, and smaller segments of spine and inner skin at the breaks in the tail. Many bulbous tube-like organs are floating away through the open breaks in the body, and out of the fish.
Colors and Patterns:
The segmented links of the spine are patterned and repeated, as well as the body of the fish, which is colored and patterned like starry space with densely packed points of light. The fishes whisker also have a stripped pattern. In terms of color, Gaston uses dark colors for most of the outer skin of the fish. Dark blues and blacks studded by white points of light to make it appear like star-filled space. Near the edges of the fins, the colors smoothly transition from the darker blues of the outer skin to warmer pink near the extremities. At the open segments where we can see the exposed inner skin and organs, the colors range from the pink of the inner skin to the pinks, purples, and reds of the floating organs. There are a few really subtle uses of color throughout the illustration. Along the fins, some contours of the fish, as well as the line attached to the hook, there's a very thin rainbow of color, that includes yellows purples and reds.
Thematic Significance and Notes:
I'm not exactly sure what the picture means but there's defintely a relationship between the dissection of the fish and that it's also been hooked. The immediate impression I get from the picture though, is that the contrast between the darkness of the seafloor and the outer skin of the fish against the bright colors of the inner ograns of the fish make the picture very attractive. And maybe that's the perspective of the fishermen. To divide the fish and let it's bright organs spill out into the darker landscape. The fish perspective is proabably not so pleasant. And if you were to take the perspective of the smaller fish, the whole scene could be a cautionary tale.
What does it mean to You. How Does it Make you Feel