Dagdrommar: Ghost Ship

It’s just gone 10pm here on Monday night and I finally have a moment to update.  This is a picture that I forgot about.  I completed about two years ago and I didn’t realise that I had never posted it here for you.  Again it’s another Dagdrommar picture… I will have a picture from a different book in the next blog post, I promise. 🙂

This double page spread took a looonnng time to do, especially all the details in the water.  I didn’t know what I was letting myself in for when I planned the colour scheme.  Though I do like how it turned out so it was all worth it.  The little sea creatures in the waves have all been coloured with a warm ombre from yellow to purple to give the picture a moon lit look and also to maintain unity within the scene.  I decided the first time I saw this picture that I wanted to portray a ghostly scene with a glowing ship.  To do that I lightened the black ink lines by colouring over them with a white Prismacolor pencil.  The rest of the picture was coloured using my Polychromos pencils.

I’m not sure what the reason is but this is the one picture that I had trouble with the colour transferring from one page over to it’s facing page.  It’s not something I have much of an issue with normally.  I fixed the problem by spraying the page (outside in the open air, of course) with matt fixative spray.  This is a solution that generally works for me but be warned… you cannot do this with pictures on which you’ve used markers or gel pens… it will cause the colour to bleed and leak through the paper.  Pencils and pastels are fine and safe to use it on.

Anyway, it’s past my bedtime.  I hope to give you another update on Thursday.  I’m aiming for twice a week.  We’ll see how that goes.


  1. Chris

    I love the ghostly glowy look. You’ve captured it perfectly! It’s a lovely palette.

  2. Lana

    This is just breathtaking! Beautiful work.

  3. Mari

    Dear Peta:

    The pictures, as always, are beautiful! It’s so good to have you back. You really were missed. Will there be any tutorials soon?



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