Bilander

Today’s post features a drawing I completed for a gentleman who works Food Services at my new workplace. It was one of the best kinds of commissions:

“Will you draw me something?”

“Sure. What would you like me to draw?”

“Anything you want.”

The subject matter should come as no surprise.

Bilander

The vessel depicted is modeled on the bilander, a Dutch merchant ship. I believe they were constructed during the 17th century. Bilanders are fairly small (as most merchant ships are) and bare two masts, one of which (the main mast) is rigged with a lateen sail (the angled one). This drawing was finished quickly compared to other recent commissions. I kept it fairly simple and sketchy–and tried not to get caught up in the rigging!

Latest Nautical Painting

On some previous projects, I’ve sporadically posted images of various stages of the process. For my latest commission, a sailboat painting, I decided to take photos after most painting sessions. Enjoy these snapshots. (The lighting changes, in turn changing the photo colors, but I assure you, it is the same artwork.)

The boat is named Tommy Dundee and is painted in oils on canvas.

TD-01

Underpainting + sky base color

TD-02

Basic cloud shapes + water base colors

TD-03

More developed sky (clouds) and water

TD-05

Boat base colors (local/actual color) and shapes

 TD-06

Boat details (placement) indicated (rigging, equipment, etc.)

TD-07Boat details developed and refined

TD-08Water details (colors, reflections, etc.) developed

TD-09Final touch-ups and completion!