Today I'm going to share a personal piece I finished this week. I've been thinking about the idea for a while now, ever since I took a trip out to the Suffolk coast back in September. The area is full of folk tales and I get really caught up in those when I'm out wandering there. I love going for long walks in the countryside possibly because I live in a big busy city so I really appreciate nature when I get out in it, and also because I grew up in the countryside so I feel the need to get back to it when I can. This particular illustration is inspired by an old tale that when fishermen die they become seagulls. I read it whilst looking in a local museum and it began conjuring up ideas in my head. They've had to stay there for a while whilst I was completing other work but I had time to work on it this week. I really enjoyed drawing all the sea creatures and I'm now sketching out ideas for some new work on that theme. I love how one thing can lead to another!
Here are a few photographs from the trip. If you are interested the place I visited is called Dunwich. It has suffered heavily with erosion in the past, and there are many tales of the sound of bells ringing from sunken churches on dark windy nights ;). The gravestone shown is the last remaining from one of the churchyards that have fallen into the sea and the photo below shows the ruins are from an old monastery.
I'm hoping over Christmas I can get out and do some brisk winter walking in the countryside. I can't wait!
I hope you've had a good week, are wrapping up warm and enjoying the cosy time of year! :).