|DON HUBBARD was stimulated to try the interesting Japanese
art of fish printing (gyotaku) after seeing a small example at the Scripps Institute
of Oceanography in 1968. In this process a direct copy of the creature is made by a
transfer process. The creature is coated with paint, then rice paper or tightly woven
cloth is laid on to transfer the image. It is a difficult but extremely effective way to
achieve an image. Over the years Don has printed over 1000 examples of this art using fish
as small as one inch and as large as three feet. He is also one of the few gyotaku artists
who print crustaceans and soft bodied creatures like squid and octopus. Examples of all
his work are included in his Coronado Art Association show. Don has been a member of the
American Nature Printing Society since 1982 and has corresponded with members of the
Japanese Gyotaku Society in Tokyo.
In addition to his interest in gyotaku, Don is a recognized marine watercolor artist, marine model builder and writer. His book, SHIPS-IN-BOTTLES: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO A VENERABLE NAUTICAL CRAFT, [McGraw-Hill, 1971/ Second edition by Sea Eagle Publications 1988) is considered to be the classic text on the subject. A German translation, BUDDELSCHIFFE:WIE MACHT MAN SIE, was published in 1973.
His second book, THE COMPLETE BOOK OF INFLATABLE BOATS, was published in 1980 and was the first American publication on this subject in print.
His latest book, NEPTUNE'S TABLE, is a comprehensive 165 page shellfish cookbook
which is illustrated with 12 of his own gyotaku prints. All of his books are
available at Amazon.com, at bookstores nationwide, and autographed copies
can be obtained directly from the author at the address given below.
Tel: (619) 435-3555
Samples of Don's work are above.