This was an interesting piece for me to do, since it presented me with several technical challenges.
The first problem was that ships are not my strong point so I had to do some homework getting a feel for 18th century naval design.
The second problem was once I had done my homework I realized I was presented with a technical and compositional problem. The usually amount of ropes and lines present around a bowsprit mast of this size would usually hide or least block the view of our sweet Rosemary. Therefore I had to create an entirely bogus bowsprit that gave the impression of looking right while still allowing a clear view of the figure.
The third problem involved Rosemary's dress. I had to rely on Smudge
heavily to help me interpret what the fashion plates in historical costumes books were trying to show concerning the dress construction and how they would interact with her figure. Finally there was the little detail of the dress itself. This dress is not based exactly on any particular historical dress. Instead it represents what many people think, and what many today men wish, women wore in the 18th century. I referred to this design as the Bodice Ripper MKI dress while I was working on the project.
It is a fairly large piece for my work. Image size being about 16"x24" and it is done in my usual colored pencil, marker pen, technical pen, and gouache on vellum surface Bristol Board.