So I went through a bunch of my old artwork last weekend in an attempt to sort out what things were unfinished pieces and what things were orphan artworks that had yet to be placed in a loving home. I came across this cover I painted while I was in college for a pretend zine that never happened and that I had never really had any intention of creating. I just wanted to make the cover for it as I was inspired to paint some chickenfish.
The marketing concept of “chicken of the sea” as advertised by, well, the Chicken of the Sea seafood company, had always sounded ridiculous and hilarious to me. I envisioned all these chickenfish cavorting in the ocean — some of them fat and googly eyed like a Oranda goldfish, others flapping out of the water and soaring through the air like a cross between Camilla the Muppet chicken and a flying fish.
Maybe one day I will create an illustrated book of all the different varieties of chickenfish that I’ve imagined. I don’t suppose I can really call it Chicken of the Sea, though. I suppose that’s probably a trademark infringement. At any rate, if you’d like your own chickenfish branded item, I’ve got them up on Zazzle and Redbubble – just the chickenfish, no text.
And today you can get 15% off at Redbubble by using the code GET15