Friday, December 16, 2005

Charles W. Morgan pt. 5

Here's the Crow's Nest, from which one would keep a look out for pods of whales and their tell-tale plumes. The crow's nest of popular imagination is practically a small room on top of a mast. Nice and enclosed. These guys, on the other hand, have a couple of planks and a metal hoop. And by contemporary standards, that hoop/railing would have been an almost ostentatious display of workplace safety.

This piece is the only one in the series that is more based on photo-reference than drawing-on-location. What can I say. I wasn't prepared to shimmy up a mast with a sketchbook clamped in my teeth for the authentic point of view.

7 comments:

tone said...

water, water, I love that drawing has Coleridge all over it. Nicely done.

menezes said...

hummmmm....

Luis said...

enjoy looking at your work.

Dan Thompson said...

great stuff.

Dean Trippe said...

amazing stuff, joel! :)

sim said...

What the contemporary standard of the crows nest & indeed bosans chair don't put often across is how much you swing about 60' up top.

Nice to see it beautifly conveyed here.

Iv'e done the bosans chair in a fair breeze, not so good, I shall get my first go in a crows nest in Feburary.

Joel Priddy said...

Wow! Six replys! Thanks, everybody!

Sim, I'd love to hear more about what you're doing up in a crow's nest this Feburary.