This painting started out as a lark — at the time I started it in 2009, Somali pirates were big in the news. Working at a newspaper at the time, I had been following their exploits.
I had an extra piece of illustration board and started a pencil drawing — I used no real research or preliminary sketches, just my imagination and vague ideas I got from reading Associated Press and Reuters articles about the subject.
The size is 15″X20″. Within the next six months, I’m going to do a limited edition run of 100 full-size, signed and numbered prints for $100 each. I’ll post on the site when they’re available.
Here’s my Flickr slideshow showing my steps in the process for creating this piece: