Monday, August 22, 2011

Sand Dollar + Change

Here's a great example of the monumental behind-the-scenes preparatory work that is invested into each and every the occasional panel here at Ink & Snow: hours of loving work and painstaking research are spent ensuring maximum content in our cartoons, regardless of how stupid the gag actually is, just in the hope of making your experience that much more rewarding. 

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And no, this doesn't extend to actually learning how to draw sand dollars, but more as a lesson on how idle hands will doodle the devil's art: while doing some field-sketches out on the island my thoughts became temporarily unmoored as it were. Perhaps I was inspired by the spirit of Harold Warren, one of the "Three Islesford Painters" whose work I am currently researching (more to follow). In 1926 he built a studio from which he created many a watercolor featuring the iconic coastline and mountain profiles of Mount desert Island.

These are a couple of the reference sketches done while hiking out to Bunker Cove and Bunker Head on Little Cranberry Island, looking towards the south shore profile of Mount Desert Island (Seal Harbor area with Pemetic, Day, Cadillac/Dorr and Champlain Mtns). Also included is the conspicuous landmark of East Bunker Ledge which, according to the mail-boat ferry skipper, one of the oldest navigational fixtures on the East Coast. No word on whether or not Yes, even the name of the ferry, Beal & Bunker, has a connection with yet another historical title and its connective legacy. Both the current and the roots of family trees run deep around these parts.

Above is a pen & ink study: just quick linework based on the previous field-sketches. Eventually it will show up again in a cartoon, recycled as an actual reference point, lost in the background. For those who are playing along at home, this means every once in a while there's a very small, if tenuous, connection to reality. 

Cormoruncles & Cormorants

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