August 7 is National Lighthouse Day. Let me tell you my one lighthouse story.
Several years ago, my friend, Rick, got obsessed about the Marblehead Lighthouse on Lake Erie. Rick is an extremely talented illustrator and thought it would be fun to draw an accurate picture of the structure and annotate it with some history.
Rick visited the lighthouse, measured the lighthouse, interviewed lighthouse historians, and went to the Library of Congress to track down the original blueprints.
Rick prefers to work in Adobe Illustrator, a digital application with sophisticated tools to control colors, line weights, and layers. Driven by a deep respect for the people who designed, built and maintained Marblehead, Rick drew every detail—every brick, every step on the spiral staircase, every facet of the Fresnel lens.
Since Rick had a day job that required his attention, he had to make progress during evenings, weekends, or holidays. Because he had no client or deadline, he was free to make unlimited refinements. And he did. Rick’s drawing of the Marblehead lighthouse ended up taking several years longer than the construction of the original lighthouse. The result is beautiful.
There are still a few prints available. They are 15" X 34-5/8" with the image printed on heavy archival paper measuring 18" X 38". You can get one directly from Rick, if you do Paypal. It’s just $30 including shipping to your door. Interested? Send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to know more? Here is the background story that Rick shares with collectors.
Pittsburgh, July 26, 2017