Inspired by Marcos Mateu, Marcelo Vignali, and Armand Serrano's blog 'El Pacifico' (el-pacifico.blogspot.com), I decided to draw these pirates. Check out their page if you've got a free minute - it's extremely humbling. At first they started doing only a couple of tiers at a time, but now they've upped the ante by doing full-on pages. The images are sick.
Finding referrence materials on Google Images is a time burner. Fifteen, twenty minutes at the computer looking for something that'll help with drawing convincing rigging on a ship is a pain in the butt. And the next thing you know, I've only got an hour left to draw. It really is a pain. So I just referenced the rigging and some of the ships then left the guns, knives and costumes to my imagination.