I am splitting myself between (a) Drawing the Susan Constant (b) making a four-poster bed which I started some time ago but stopped for mechanical reasons (my knees and back :0) ) (c) Finishing my novel/thriller, The Othilla Paradigm.
In the real (non-blogoshere) world there have been several remarks that this type of drawing - my Technoart - is not really art. Well in the past I didn't argue, because I normally only drew it for myself and so what other people thought was up to them. However, now that I'm going public with these ship pictures I accept the criticism, and reply that it probably isn't art! If I wanted to draw the Susan Constant artistically then I would; it would be a simpler and less demanding project. The downside of an artistic drawing is that I would only be adding to the existing corpus of paintings/drawings/photographs of the vessel.
There is no way that an artist can draw the underwater part of the ship: there are no photographs available. Therefore using the plans, I can construct the whole ship. I can also convert the two dimensional plans into a 'three dimensional' Isometric drawing which
I can also find out exactly how everything comes together if I draw it from the plans, take for example the masts. I can also share the work of the 16th Century shipwrights - a window on history.
There aren't, I suspect, many artists that can (or can be bothered if they can) to translate 'Sheer Plan' 'Half-body Plans' and understand the 'waterline' layout and then present them as a non-technical drawing that anyone can understand.
At the moment it is a jumble of construction lines, but hopefully you will see the drawing completed soon - it's a very big drawing!