Matthew Cousineau – Custom Fly Art

The first time I saw one of Matthew’s pieces of fly art I was immediately taken aback. I noticed Thomas Harvey had a fantastic image of one of his flies posted on his Facebook page. It was the image you see right below this paragraph. Since then I have followed Matthew and the beautiful art he has been creating. Below Matthew informs us a little about himself and I have posted most of the fly art he has digitally painted so far. Sit back and enjoy the art!

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I am currently a graphic designer for Winthrop University here in Rock Hill S.C.

I have always been a fisherman but not until about 2 years ago did I start tying my own flies as something to do during the down times when I could not fish. As I got more into tying I started to look through the web for inspiration for new fly patterns especially bass patterns since that is what I mostly fish for. I came across Thomas Harvey’s work and was blown away. His quality photographs of flies that looked like artwork kind of gave that lightbulb moment. So I started illustrating artistic looking flies. It was the art side of fly fishing and fly tying that has been so interesting to me as a creative.

I digitally paint my flies on a Mac using photoshop and a stylus pad. I always get asked did you paint those flies or use the computer. It is a tuff thing to explain to people I painted these flies on the computer. Digital painting has been around for a while. I think most people perceive digital painting as photo manipulation and there is a lot of that out there but that is not what I do. I use a stylus pad and use custom brushes to create my paintings. It is pretty much the same process as painting but on the computer and I post WIPS(Work In Progress) on my facebook and other social sites to show people I am not just pasting together photos but creating original works of art.

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If you would like to contact Matthew for some fly art of your own, here is how you can contact him.

Matthew Cousineau
cuzino@gmail.com
www.customflyart.com I am working on finishing this site by Wed of next week.
Facebook
Tumblr http://customflyart.tumblr.com/
and all my prints are available on DeviantArt

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