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Sea Ways. Awarded by the 3x3 Professional Illustration Annual No. 10. Sea Ways is my contribution to 'The Art of Superstition', an exhibition I … Read More
Sea Ways. Awarded by the 3x3 Professional Illustration Annual No. 10. Sea Ways is my contribution to 'The Art of Superstition', an exhibition I curated representing the work from 40 members of Illustrators Ireland. The exhibition opened at The Copper House Gallery, Dublin in 2013. My piece examines maritime superstitions and traditions from Irish and Scottish fishing communities. Conceptually I developed an old world feel in the artwork, using a controlled palette and utilising ageing textures including hints of linocut and wood block printing. There are several omens represented in the illustration, from seadogs, redheads and clergymen to spilt blood and forbidden words... Read Less
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Sea Ways.
Awarded by the 3x3 Professional Illustration Annual No. 10.
Featured in Illustration Now! Volume 5. Taschen Publishing 2014.
Sea Ways is my contribution to an exhibition called The Art of Superstition. The exhibition is a collection of forty works by members of Illustrators Ireland. 
My piece examines maritime superstitions and traditions from Irish, English and Scottish fishing communities.
I developed an old world feel in the artwork, using a muted palette and utilising ageing textures including hints of linocut and wood block printing. There are several omens represented in the illustration, from  seadogs, redheads and clergymen to spilt blood and forbidden words... 
As always, I explore many ideas, designs and compositions through sketches. As each drawing develops the illustration begins to take shape until I'm happy to take it to the digital stage. For this illustration I wanted to keep the piece very organic. I inked the final pencil drawing purposely with a loose line which would become my guide when I created the artwork in Photoshop.
That indispensable commodity "salt" must never be mentioned at sea. An Eyemouth boat ran short of salt when fishing in 1905 and hailed a Yarmouth drifter: "We need something we dinna want tae speak aboot". The English Skipper bawled back: "Is it salt ye want?" The crew escaped the consequences of the dread word by keeping out of earshot below deck during the transaction, and the salt was handed over safely.
3x3 Professional Illustration Annual No. 10.
Illustration Now! Volume 5. Taschen Publishing
The Art of Superstition - Georgian Gallery - Ards Art Centre -Ireland