Saturday, July 4, 2009

Going With the Flow

This afternoon I was walking past the Coast Guard station at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. I sat down to draw this lovely boat:

Fifteen minutes later, I was looking at this:

Can you believe that? Okay, you're right. It was inevitable. It zoomed past a dozen empty parking spots and screeched to a halt dead-centre in front of me, like something out of a Monty Python movie. I couldn't help laughing. A family jumped out and started exploring the pier and running back and forth to the bathrooms. Luckily, they didn't stay long. Soon I was able to finish my sketch.

My goal was to keep the mast and bow from running off the edge of the page, and I did it. But don't look at the stern. One of these days, I'm actually going to fit a whole boat on one sheet of paper, and there will be rejoicing throughout the land.


  1. Super picture. I loved seeing what you saw while you were drawing (and what you didn't see for a while). It is a beautiful composition. Do you use brush pens/markers for color? I like how vivid the colors are.

  2. Thank you so much, Momma Ninja! I recently discovered Prismacolour markers and I just love them. The colours sort of melt together and stay semi-transparent, like watercolour. Last week I found a very similar brand called Alpha, and they work really well, too. If you're thinking of trying them, the art store staff tell me they go on sale at back-to-school time! Thanks again for your messages--you really made my day!