"His skin is cracked and weathered beyond his years. Yet, in his eyes, hope shines like rings glittering in the light of a distant sun."

This project is dedicated to My Father Stephen DiPietro. Thank you for always encouraging me to shoot for the stars no matter how distant. I love you Dad.
  • A.Demidov

    Рыба моей мечты)

    • Matt DiPietroPLUS

      Don’t let him in to your dreams too much :p Space fish has mind powers!

  • Roman LappatPLUS

    Absolutely stunning. All over.

    • Matt DiPietroPLUS

      Thank you again Roman. I used two Massive Voodoo tutorials while working on the special effects! Very happy painting through the entire project :)

  • Jason ZhouPLUS

    Fantastic work all around!

    • Matt DiPietroPLUS

      Thank you Jason for the kinds words :)

  • Trent "BigDeno" DenisonPLUS

    A masterpiece. Thanks for sharing Matt.

    • Matt DiPietroPLUS

      Thank you Trent :D In my own mind it is my best work so far. Though I’m dreaming big for next year’s projects!

  • Leonardo "LeoPelo" Archini

    Great idea, you know!!

    • Matt DiPietroPLUS

      Thank you Leonardo! I have committed myself to creating only original ideas for my competition pieces. I’ve had this one kicking around for a couple years before starting on it :D feels great to have it out!

  • Alberto Lana

    I see nonsense in the Silver rating of this bust. I think is a GOLD.

  • Jero Carmona

    Awesome twist on this bust.
    Love what you did here Matt.

    • Matt DiPietroPLUS

      Thanks!  I was a lot of work to complete while making it look natural. I sculpted the entire back half of the fish :) learned a ton from this project.

  • Derek Clark (fluid_art)PLUS

    Absolute stunning piece of work.

    • Matt DiPietroPLUS

      Thank you Derek. I’m glad you like him

  • pit-rehmkePLUS

    Fantastic the transformation, imaginative and super sculpted.
    The painting work is excellent!
    Gold!!

    • Matt DiPietroPLUS

      Once I figured out that Romain used a mechanical pencil for the scales I knew I could do it :) thank you for the nice encouragement. I will continue to paint bravely my crazy ideas :D

  • Nicolas_wangPLUS

    Stunning art work!Absolutley!

    • Matt DiPietroPLUS

      Thank you Nicolas. It is my dream to make art that with my miniatures. If possible, original ideas that connect with people :)

  • Davide "Snake" Decina

    Great work…Gold!

    • Matt DiPietroPLUS

      Cheers Davide! Thank you for your vote and comment :)

  • Francesco "Franciuus" FarabiPLUS

    love everything on this project! Gold and Editor

    • Matt DiPietroPLUS

      I am very happy to hear that you like it so much. Thank you for the support :)

  • zblang

    Amazing - I saw this in person at the World Expo - that is by far the best fish skin I’ve ever seen!

  • Nicolas "Gros Peintre" Réant

    Just one word: beautiful !

  • Rafael García Marín (Volomir)

    I simply love the conversion idea, and the paintjob is top quality. Super personal version! Congratulations!

  • Fabio "The WIP" Fortunato

    Outstanding, Gold!

  • Steve Haydon (Forté)

    Love this.

  • Sean "brushforhire" McAfeePLUS

    Seeing this in person, at Nove Open was fantastic!

  • Melnikov Ivan "Nakatan"

    i voted gold for this work =)

  • luisgomezpradalPLUS

    Fantástico puede…absoluto gold

  • Herman aka Glitterwolf

    A beautiful piece!

  • Jeff Burns "Tinman"PLUS

    Great piece my friend!