I'm about a week off finishing 'The Cloisters' (see previous posting). I have never put so much ink onto one piece of paper, it certainly is the most complex drawing I have ever attempted. I'm still not sure it's going to come out right, but I'm beginning to feel pleased with it...which is a rare event!
You may remember that at the very essence of me lies the Shipwright (boat/ship maker). The only way I can build boats these days is on paper. This is my luxury, when I draw purely technically, just for me - I've never shown this sort of thing before. Pat and Giselle reckoned there would be a great interest in this type of picture and so, after 'The Cloisters' my next project will be 'Bellona'.
I have a number of books in the series entitled, "The Anatomy of the Ship"
Each book is dedicated to a particular ship, listing every part of its construction, rigging, sails etc..
It then gives the history of the vessel in great detail.
By taking this detail I am able to construct the ship, exactly to scale.
It is a massive challenge to translate, and begins by giving drawings of the ship cut up in slices ...
... it is sliced in cross sections through its length, width and depth ...
... from which I build this exact picture in an isometric view. It's a very big picture about 30 inches high and 24 inches wide (700mm x 600mm).
So, after the cloisters ...
I must go down to the sea again,
to the lonely sea and the sky,
and all I ask, is a tall ship
and a star to steer her by