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General: 

This work is untitled and was created by Gastón Pacheco, from Mendoza Argentina. It's part of series of Illustration published on Behance titled Vol 3. The illustration is of a Fish on a hook, that's been divided into segments, the breaks of which reveal the inside of the fish. Including its inner skin, the spinal segments, and many amorphous tubular organs, that are beginning to float out .... and also a recently eaten fish. 

 

Background:

The Background is a dark sea floor, lined with the kind of crest that you'd find in a dessert. There's also a bit of fishing line drifting in the picture, as well as a second fish to the lower right of the image.

Figure: 

Like most of Gaston's work, this piece is centered around Character Design and a lot of detail has been given to it (as pose to the details in the background). The 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 background sea floor is ribbed and patterned kind of like a desert. The segmented links of the spine are patterned and repeated, as well as the body of the fish, which is 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: 

The picture is Cool. I have no idea what it means if anything at all ... But my best guess is that it has something to do with the relationship between being hooked and becoming segmented. The relationship between the subject, the larger fish, and the much smaller fish off to the side could be important to the theme of the picture. The two fish are similar in terms of pattern, although the larger is much more detailed and elaborate in design. Maybe the picture is a cautionary tale about getting hooked?In more general terms of style, the starry body of the fish contrast well with the more simply patterned background, and helps the figure to stand apart in an interesting way.