While I was painting a subtitle idea for this illustration came to me: “Where Did The Oil Go?” I thought of the oil spill that happened not too long ago and just wanted it to be part of the painting. Because of it, I had to make some ‘minor’ adjustments such as the black water and the oil dripping from the pelican skeletons. I used a lot of ink besides acrylics and colored pencils on this illustration to give it a dark chalkboard appearance.
The illustration is based on an ink drawing on illustration board (below). I layered acrylic washes and added details with colored pencils and ink.
The drawing is layered on top of a map showing Mobile, Alabama. The map was prepped with a thin layer of white gesso to ensure the drawing will be visible on top of the original colors.
The image is an old steamboat loaded with cotton rolls. The text below is taken from an old newspaper article about the “Henry J. King” steamboat. Mr. King was my clients Great,Great Grandfather.
A little project I was working on:
…a drawing of an old steamboat …the reference is shown on the top…and the final drawing – placed on a map of the Mobile bay – on the bottom
I just finished a new illustration
of my ‘Woods series’. I drew it with
pencil and colored it later digitally
(Photoshop). I guess I like to draw
the adventures kids can have with