Monday, May 27, 2013

Tall Ships on the Quay at Vancuver

Sunday turned out to be not too bad weatherwise. It looked more ominous than actual fact (there were even some warm sun breaks). As in previous years the ships were at dock.... but the space is so tight that a good view of both ships was pretty hard to come addition the dock ramp and pilings made it even more chopped up.
But several of us showed and were game to give it a go.

The Hawaiian Chieftian- ink, watercolor pencils, Pitt markers
This sketch is its original form I had the aft end of the Lady Washington but it was awkward with the dock ramp cutting it and the cropped version reads better.
After lunch at the Red Lion I went back to give it another try and then concentrated on the Lady Washington.

The Lady Washington- ink, Pitt markers
These are such beamy ships it is very difficult to get the right proportions and make it look like it is properly sitting in the water. They are pretty elegant above the waterline but in this drawing it looks like a whale has attached itself below!


  1. Deb, you really captured these ships. And the water. I admire you. How do you do it?

  2. Hi Deb,
    Wonderful rendition of a beautiful ship ~ you captured the moment!

  3. What a difficult subject you drew! I think you're pretty hard on yourself--I don't see the whale attachment at all:)
    I especially like all the different line directions in the top one--the angles, verticals of the pilings, background horizontals and even the little curve of the bridge and other "ship parts." You pull it all together for another successful composition.

  4. Thank you all. It is true that I was less satisfied with these sketches...maybe it was just that they were so challenging and my expectations were higher????