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When the boat comes in

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Drawing vessels in the dry dock
Drawing the vessels along the quay
 


My own studio is down near the harbour of Aberdeen, in the loft of an old gas works building. The street is a collection of small industrial units, manufacturing and engineering services, as well as many individual little enterprises. I love the place, it’s filled with colourful people, strange quirks and weird habits, leading to many a good tale over the years. I have a view of the North Sea and can sometimes see oil rigs in the distance, as well as vessels for the oil and gas industry lying in wait for their place at the docks of Aberdeen Harbour. During the summer of 2014 I went down to the docks one day to do some sketching, and after that I kept returning captivated by the hustle and bustle along the quay; swinging cranes hoisting and lowering, trucks and cherry pickers coming and going, energetic stevedores loading and unloading, whistles blowing and horns booming, swooping and calling gulls close and afar, and magnificent vessels, flag waving, readying for another destination. Whilst drawing along the quayside workers and ship captains would come up and look over my shoulder, tell me what they are doing, offer me sandwiches and a chair to sit on. With the important service ship harbour port serving offshore oil rigs, Aberdeen consists of significant landmarks, all on my door step next to my studio and thus in retrospect an obvious place to start. Honoured to be part of Aberdeen Maritime Museum's permanent collection. See press release and more here.

Life drawing of Sentinel Star readying to set sail. Click for final result on image.
Life drawing of Sentinel Star readying to set sail. Click for final result on image.
 


Illustration of drawing done along the docks of Aberdeen. Click for final result on image.
Illustration of drawing done along the docks of Aberdeen. Click for final result on image.