"A sketchbook is a secret thing, a collection of unfinished and often times abandoned ideas never intended for public consumption—at least not in their current state. It’s a private space for honing one’s craft and workshopping, separating good ideas from those best left unexplored." -Brian Heater at The Daily Cross Hatch.

30 November 2010

The Pleasures of the Harbor


  1. I love the sinking ship picture in the background. There's something about this that reminds me of the illustrations in "Sailortown" by Stan Hugill. It has a happier, less judgmental feel to it than most historical drawings of opium dens. Instead of looking debauched, the guy just looks like he's concentrating and is comfortable.

  2. Well, I figured why go into an opium den if you're only going to get bummed out...In his memoir "A Sailor's Log", Frederick T. Wilson casually references partaking of the pipe during port visits in Asia during the late-19th century. He certainly didn't attach any type of stigma to it... :)

    The artwork in the background is a take on Mather Brown's painting, "The Battle Of The Nile: Destruction Of L’Orient (August 1, 1798)".