Adam Maxwell Townsend did this acrylic painting in the style of a adventure storybook illustration, but the subjects are modern-day pirates rather than Long John Silver or Blackbeard.

PIRATE STORY (Sold)

Adam Maxwell Townsend did this acrylic painting in the style of a adventure storybook illustration, but the subjects are modern-day pirates rather than Long John Silver or Blackbeard.
Adam Maxwell Townsend did this acrylic painting in the style of a adventure storybook illustration, but the subjects are modern-day pirates rather than Long John Silver or Blackbeard.

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.

Interestingly, this became one of my most popular paintings; I sold it within 6 months and it was featured in FIND Art Magazine and shown at the FIND Art Gallery in Costa Mesa, Calif.

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:

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