I fully enjoyed this Betta - once I got the hang of it. Very tricky project for many reasons.
I had a lot of trouble with the plants and ended up changing everything. The balance was also tricky. And just posing everything. But in the end I was very happy with it.

The model is the beautiful Betra Splendens by Peder Bartholdy. Released by Robot Rocket Miniatures. My second version as I also did the box art.

the idea for scene came from the collector who commissioned it. Thanks for the opportunity.
  • Bratishka0579

    Пусть рыбка не золотая,но тянет на золото.

  • Melnikov Ivan "Nakatan"

    fish of pure gold

  • Origalum

    Very beautiful fish. Gold!

  • Atila Kawauti


  • Theodoros Giannakopoulos

    Excellent !

  • Archigrog

    Great paint, love Betta Splendens!!!

  • Andrey Miroshnichenko

    Excellent work! Gold!

  • Poliakov_Andrii


  • Paraskeyas Marazakis

    Never seen something like this before, very beautifull and prototype. Realistic painting, gives the mysterius atmosphaire of the tiny lake, whitch is the habitat of bettas!

    • Jakob VillienPLUS

      Hi make! Thanks so much for this. I had a lot of doubt whether to make this obviously an aquarium or not. Until last night it had a foam thing with air hose for making bubbles, to underline it was an aquarium, but background was obviously a lake of some sort. It could be a vinyl background of an aquarium. Because in reality, the bettas don’t look like this in the wild. They have much smaller fins. Also, the rocks are made to resemble the pebbles in an anquarium. So it is the freedom I took - somewhere in between :)

  • tim"fael"ruesinkPLUS

    I love how you gave this the feeling of water without actually using resin or something like that. Very well done and inspiring.

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    • Jakob VillienPLUS

      Thank you so much! Happy to hear you like it :)

  • Eduardo Garcia Lope


  • eric wolfsPLUS

    very realistic betta fish ! Gold

  • TimPLUS

    This is a master piece.
    Gold, favourite and Editors

    • Jakob VillienPLUS

      Oh man, I am so honoured by this. Thanks.

  • girlpainter57PLUS

    had the very same fish , swimming in my tank many years ago   gold all the way

    • Jakob VillienPLUS

      Great :) happy to hear the nostalgia happening :)

  • Tobias_K_AasvangPLUS

    Very fishy, great work (again) Buddy!
    Gold(fish)! :)

  • Martin LavatPLUS

    Outstanding work! everything is so Beautiful! Diamond!!!

  • Patrik HurtigPLUS

    Such lovely scene

  • Marc

    excellent !!!

  • Angel C Villalba "KaspareK"

    Oro!!! Muy bonito.

  • Rhett “Saint Toad” Jenkins

    It’s like a wonderful peaceful place to go to on demand.

    • Jakob VillienPLUS

      Thanks so much mate! That is a wonderful way of seeing it. Create little warp zones like that is best we can possibly achieve!

  • ohtekPLUS

    Wow…nice vapor!gold!!

  • Marc MussatPLUS

    really love this Jakob !
    looks so real and so original with the well suited backdrop ! G + E

  • Bloodblade_miniatures

    Gold medal for you !!!

  • Ivan Hortal A.PLUS

    Love it. My favorite from you with any doubt.

    • Jakob VillienPLUS

      Ivan, that makes me happy to hear! Thank you!

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  • Clive Jackson

    Outstanding piece of art! Gold!

  • Flo « FFF » Rochet

    Gold gold and gold!  Beautiful!!!