To eye or not to eye

I wanted to paint in all black today. Something very simple that had that brush stroke quality to it. I like the fluidity of fish so I thought I'd give a goldfish a go.  

After finding a bunch of reference photos on Pinterest this was the shaded in version.  

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Then I started colouring in with black but didn't add any eyes because it was supposed to be a silhouette.  

No eyes.  

No eyes.  

Hours later I kept looking at it and thinking there was something off about it. I guess it just looked incomplete. It had a very mysterious air to it, but it didn't feel quite finished or satisfying. So here it is with eyes. 

 

Final version.  

Final version.