Sea/Home Sick

All along the Eastern seaboard nautical gift shops litter beachfront towns. From seashells and sharks teeth, to fish nets and hermit crabs; everything ocean is up for sale. As prevalent and ridiculous as these shops are, they are reminiscent of my childhood and where I am from - the Ocean State. This series of work was initially conceived to pay homage to my home and put my own twist upon those shops I frequented as a child.

     

Of the many things found in these shops, the classic "ship in a bottle" has always fascinated me. I decided to put my own twist upon them by creating ocean scenes beyond the stereotypical ship in a bottle. Although traditional studies of ships was my starting point, I slowly strayed away from that and began to create all-encompassing worlds inside each bottle. Using field guides as references, I took something natural and real and turned it into a more aesthetically pleasing, graphic work of art.

     

All the bottles are hand drawn on bristol paper using ink, colored pencils and acrylic paint. They are mounted on a 1/8" masonite wood cut and have a clear acetate overlay in order to mimic the natural sheen of a glass bottle.

 

Bottle #1
Bottle #1

Bottles are hand drawn on bristol paper using ink, colored pencils and acrylic pain; mounted on a 1/8" masonite wood cut and have a clear acetate overlay in order to mimic the natural sheen of a glass bottle.

Bottle #2
Bottle #2

Bottles are hand drawn on bristol paper using ink, colored pencils and acrylic pain; mounted on a 1/8" masonite wood cut and have a clear acetate overlay in order to mimic the natural sheen of a glass bottle.

Abalone #1
Abalone #1

Ink colored pencil and acrylic paint on a Cold-Press Illustration Board cuttout, mounted in an Abalone Shell

Abalone #1 (Side View)
Abalone #1 (Side View)

Ink colored pencil and acrylic paint on a Cold-Press Illustration Board cuttout, mounted in an Abalone Shell

Bottle #3
Bottle #3

Bottles are hand drawn on bristol paper using ink, colored pencils and acrylic pain; mounted on a 1/8" masonite wood cut and have a clear acetate overlay in order to mimic the natural sheen of a glass bottle.

Bottle #4
Bottle #4

Bottles are hand drawn on bristol paper using ink, colored pencils and acrylic pain; mounted on a 1/8" masonite wood cut and have a clear acetate overlay in order to mimic the natural sheen of a glass bottle.

Bottle #4 (Close-Up)
Bottle #4 (Close-Up)

Bottles are hand drawn on bristol paper using ink, colored pencils and acrylic pain; mounted on a 1/8" masonite wood cut and have a clear acetate overlay in order to mimic the natural sheen of a glass bottle.

Bottle #5
Bottle #5

Bottles are hand drawn on bristol paper using ink, colored pencils and acrylic pain; mounted on a 1/8" masonite wood cut and have a clear acetate overlay in order to mimic the natural sheen of a glass bottle.

Bottle #5 (Close-Up)
Bottle #5 (Close-Up)

Bottles are hand drawn on bristol paper using ink, colored pencils and acrylic pain; mounted on a 1/8" masonite wood cut and have a clear acetate overlay in order to mimic the natural sheen of a glass bottle.

Diving in a Dream
Diving in a Dream

Watercolor & Ink

Bottle #6
Bottle #6

Bottles are hand drawn on bristol paper using ink, colored pencils and acrylic pain; mounted on a 1/8" masonite wood cut and have a clear acetate overlay in order to mimic the natural sheen of a glass bottle.

Bottle #7
Bottle #7

Bottles are hand drawn on bristol paper using ink, colored pencils and acrylic pain; mounted on a 1/8" masonite wood cut and have a clear acetate overlay in order to mimic the natural sheen of a glass bottle.

Bottle #7 (Close-Up)
Bottle #7 (Close-Up)

Bottles are hand drawn on bristol paper using ink, colored pencils and acrylic pain; mounted on a 1/8" masonite wood cut and have a clear acetate overlay in order to mimic the natural sheen of a glass bottle.

Abalone #3
Abalone #3

Ink colored pencil and acrylic paint on a Cold-Press Illustration Board cuttout, mounted in an Abalone Shell

Bottle #8
Bottle #8

Bottles are hand drawn on bristol paper using ink, colored pencils and acrylic pain; mounted on a 1/8" masonite wood cut and have a clear acetate overlay in order to mimic the natural sheen of a glass bottle.

Abalone #2 (Close-Up)
Abalone #2 (Close-Up)

Ink colored pencil and acrylic paint on a Cold-Press Illustration Board cuttout, mounted in an Abalone Shell

Abalone #2
Abalone #2

Ink colored pencil and acrylic paint on a Cold-Press Illustration Board cuttout, mounted in an Abalone Shell

Bottle #9
Bottle #9

Bottles are hand drawn on bristol paper using ink, colored pencils and acrylic pain; mounted on a 1/8" masonite wood cut and have a clear acetate overlay in order to mimic the natural sheen of a glass bottle.

Bottle #10
Bottle #10

Bottles are hand drawn on bristol paper using ink, colored pencils and acrylic pain; mounted on a 1/8" masonite wood cut and have a clear acetate overlay in order to mimic the natural sheen of a glass bottle.

Bottle #11
Bottle #11

Bottles are hand drawn on bristol paper using ink, colored pencils and acrylic pain; mounted on a 1/8" masonite wood cut and have a clear acetate overlay in order to mimic the natural sheen of a glass bottle.

Bottle #11 (Close-Up)
Bottle #11 (Close-Up)

Bottles are hand drawn on bristol paper using ink, colored pencils and acrylic pain; mounted on a 1/8" masonite wood cut and have a clear acetate overlay in order to mimic the natural sheen of a glass bottle.

Bottle #12
Bottle #12

Bottles are hand drawn on bristol paper using ink, colored pencils and acrylic pain; mounted on a 1/8" masonite wood cut and have a clear acetate overlay in order to mimic the natural sheen of a glass bottle.