On Wednesday due to the unprecedented hot and sunny weather, myself and some other creative individuals visited the harbour town of Whitehaven on the Cumbrian coast line. As a town full of maritime history and culture it's pretty easy to get swept up in it all, especially if you visit the Rum Story and sample the 12 year ages Rum and rum butter at 1 in the afternoon. The quintessential sea side vibes aren't hard to find (Shown here in a photo taken by one of those mentioned creative individuals Emily Hall - Photography student at uni of Cumbria)
Being rather inept at taking photographs my creative path was sketchbook based. I came away on the train pretty sure I wanted to capture a somewhat romantic image of an old sailor, not necessarily the most accurate to now or the most real in terms of subject matter, but something that would capture the sea side in a way that wasn't just sandcastles and ice cream. It took a few tries to get right ( by tries I mean failures, boats are hard to draw as are old men) but I settled on a character that may or may not resemble Santa Clause and threw in a seagull for good luck! The finished illustration is up to see Here.
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Have a wonderful weekend!