The final illustration for Swifture, Lady Hartenford on the deck of HMS Swiftsure, confident in her new environment after having spend so long aloft.
I was shooting for a classic 'happy end' picture; evocative, optimistic, and a little bit sad in a happy way. The entire thing was underpainted with a warm brown, which was left to show through in areas, to emulate the look of old paintings by the likes of Sir Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough.
It was painted during an all nighter during which I consumed three litres of energy drink, which I later found out contained considerably more than the maximum safe daily dose of caffeine. This is why such things as a the warped railing, I was buzzing so hard that night! :high:
I'm going to repaint this one day, bigger and better, with airships in the background, and other people on deck!
Acrylic on paper, 42 x 29cm