This is a drawing

I made of a Viking ship

beating into the wind.

In this picture, I wanted to depict an authentic medieval longship showing the bow breaking a wave in such a way that it would suggest the boat’s shallow draft, and as such I focused a lot of attention on the interaction between the prow and the foamy wave.

I also wanted to show the heft of the canvas sail through its shape and the bend in the spar, and give it motion and drama using the oars and the single expectant figure looking ahead.