Mudskipper Spray [1]

James Capper

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'Mudskipper Spray [1]' by James Capper, showing the technical and visual development of his Mudskipper walking boat project, 2018. Felt tip, ink, and spray paint on paper. The boat is shown broadside as if sailing to the left, the hull in dark blue and brown, with pale yellow and orange upper cabin and infrastructure.

One of a set of four drawings selected with the artist to demonstrate the trajectory of his designs for the walking boat, particularly the mottled spray-painted hull developed in response to the skin of the Mudskipper fish as well as to WW1 painting of dazzle camouflage on ships. The spray paint technique used on these drawings is the same planned for the hull of the boat.

This first drawing in the sequence shows an early boat type, named 'Manda', considered for Mudskipper, and a dark blue hull design, closest in style to Capper's previous drawing technique using felt tip only. The mottled spray paint is here only slightly visible.


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ink, paper (fibre product) and spray paint
  • visual and verbal communication
  • visual works

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