Nobody illustrated pirate stories better than N.C. Wyeth so I looked at a lot of his work before starting on this project.
Like I said in my video I was very pressed for time and not feeling well at all. Because of this I decided to let some of my artistic heroes give me a leg up for once.
I've spent thousands of dollars over the years on fantasy art books, art instruction books and art reference photography books. Some of those books are my prize possessions, many were a waste of money. None of them could be said to have paid for themselves until now.
Now all these things are going to earn their keep and help me out a little in ways like this.