Tramp Steamers – looking for a cover image

I’ve long appreciated the wonderful images by Ian McQue of boats gliding through the air. I find them evocative and beguiling. There are whole stories told within his illustrations. (And he does way more than boats – see his instagram).

Part of my creative process for imagining the world of Tramp Steamers was doodling my own ideas of the boats and I thought I’d share some of those rough sketches here, just for fun.



I don’t know why there’s a castle in with these last three, but I kind of like that picture.

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