"He can make just about anything the waterman needs, that fellow can. Somebody'll get a new piece of equipment and he'll go study it, cause if it works, a lot of people'll be wanting one too. Chances are, the one he builds will be better than the one you can buy in Baltimore."
This is the final drawing in my series from John Hurt Whiteheads' book The Watermen Of The Chesapeake Bay. Like the previous drawing I tried to keep this one loose, which can be rather challenging when you have as much content as this one has. I attempted to use this "painterly sketch" approach but unlike the previous drawing I incorporated black India ink (Speedball Super Black if curious) since the original photo was quite dark.
The Watermen Of The Chesapeake Bay is in fact still in print. I was happy to discover this when I was back in Salisbury, MD visiting family and saw it on the shelves in Barnes & Noble. If you get a chance pick up a copy. It's a great peek into the lives of a culture that many aren't familiar with.
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Douglas E. Draper Jr. is an award-winning artist working out of Philadelphia. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and his work has been exhibited throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Annapolis, Baltimore and various other cities and galleries. His fine art and illustrative work can be seen from such publishers as Moonstone Books, Top Shelf, Desperado, IDW, and many others.
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