Port Authority

Who knows a port better than one who inhabits it night and day?  The ubiquitous Silver Gull is right at home among the ships, containers, bridges and cranes of Fremantle.  Observant citizen of land, sea and sky, he could probably tell us the daily shipping news – if we asked.  He is the port authority.

“Port Authority”
Oil pastels and coloured pencils.   230 x 310 mm.  July 2017.

“Port Authority” is the second drawing of this particular gull.  I drew him last year with coloured pencils only.  This time I wanted to add oil pastels to the mix and do a bigger drawing.  And as you can see, he is looking in the opposite direction in the first drawing…because a bird needs to know what is happening all around him!

“Port Side” 
210 x 245 mm.  August 2016

I chose to put ‘port’ in the title again since these two drawings are clearly related (though I no longer have the first one).

 

 

3 thoughts on “Port Authority

  1. anna warren portfolio

    He is totally in charge – always at the ready, observing all that is happening around him, a true harbour master! The gull is beautifully crisp against the soft background. The mix of pastel and pencil continues to work very well.

    Reply
    1. juliepodstolski Post author

      Anna, I used some of the iridescent oil pastels which Sennelier has in its range for underneath. And that iridescence kind of finds its way through the pencils making for quite a shimmery effect.

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