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I'm excited to share a project I've worked on over the last couple of days.This is my first attempt at B/W colorization....
17/01/2024

I'm excited to share a project I've worked on over the last couple of days.

This is my first attempt at B/W colorization. Please enjoy!

Artwork ©️Kerry McCoy/Ships of State Studio 2024.

Here's to a wonderful upcoming year with more exciting new pieces coming!Here's a sneak peek at one of them, currently i...
01/01/2024

Here's to a wonderful upcoming year with more exciting new pieces coming!

Here's a sneak peek at one of them, currently in the works!

Happy New Year from Ships of State Studio!

I didn't accomplish as much as I had hoped with my art this year, but hopefully this year coming up will be more product...
31/12/2023

I didn't accomplish as much as I had hoped with my art this year, but hopefully this year coming up will be more productive. I completed two full drawings and did a handful of quick sketches.

This upcoming year will see some new and exciting works coming out. Stay tuned!

Hey everyone!Looking for a great last-minute Christmas gift for someone you know who has a love of ships and the sea?Get...
19/12/2023

Hey everyone!

Looking for a great last-minute Christmas gift for someone you know who has a love of ships and the sea?

Get him/her a high-quality print of one of my drawings from Ships of State Studio. ***25% off all prints only through December 25th.*** They are sure to love it!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Remastered and improved!"Almost Home" received some important changes and corrections recently to maintain accuracy. Ple...
14/12/2023

Remastered and improved!

"Almost Home" received some important changes and corrections recently to maintain accuracy. Please enjoy the improved version!

Artwork ©️Kerry McCoy/Ships of State Studio 2023.

"A date which will live in infamy."December 7th, 1941 was one of the darkest days in American history. At 7:48 A.M., Jap...
07/12/2023

"A date which will live in infamy."

December 7th, 1941 was one of the darkest days in American history. At 7:48 A.M., Japanese fighters, torpedo bombers, and high-level bombers swarmed Pearl Harbor over an hour and a half in two waves. In the ensuing chaos and devastation, four U.S. Navy battleships were sunk and four others damaged. Several cruisers, destroyers, and other vessels were also sunk or damaged. 2,403 military personnel and civilians lost their lives, nearly half of those from the battleship USS Arizona alone.

At 8:07 A.M. a 1,757-lb. bomb modified from a 16-inch armor-piercing battleship shell struck Arizona from an altitude of nearly 10,000 feet. It penetrated the forecastle deck abreast Turret #2, punching deep into the ship. A few seconds later, the explosive pressure of the ignited powder charge stores tore through the ship, blowing out ahead of Turret #1 in a catastrophic blast, the shockwave of which put out fires aboard the neighboring repair ship USS Vestal, and which was also felt by the Japanese bomber pilots nearly 10,000 feet above the carnage. The now unsupported decks collapsed down, and the bridge structure and forward tripod mast collapsed forward, resulting in the famous image of the shattered battleship seen in film and photos. 1,177 men died in the explosion and resultant firestorm.

I completed this sketch of the Arizona in honor of all those who were lost that fateful day 82 years ago.

"Remember Pearl Harbor!"

Artwork ©️Kerry McCoy/Ships of State Studio 2023.

Today's sketch.History's most famous battlecruiser - HMS Hood. Built by John Brown at Clydebank, Scotland, implementing ...
27/11/2023

Today's sketch.

History's most famous battlecruiser - HMS Hood. Built by John Brown at Clydebank, Scotland, implementing lessons learned from the Battle of Jutland, Hood was commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1920. She was the embodiment of Britain's naval power and an icon known the world over. The shock caused by her sudden, violent destruction by the German battleship Bismarck at the Battle of the Denmark Strait on May 24th, 1941 was profound, and Winston Churchill - speaking for a defiant England - issued the famous call that the Bismarck had to be sunk at all costs.

Artwork ©️Kerry McCoy/Ships of State Studio 2023.

New sketch today!The "White Star Yacht" - RMS Oceanic of 1899 - passes the Ambrose Lightship inbound to the approaches t...
26/11/2023

New sketch today!

The "White Star Yacht" - RMS Oceanic of 1899 - passes the Ambrose Lightship inbound to the approaches to New York Harbor. At the time of her completion, she was the largest ship in the world measured in GRT (gross registered tons) since Isambard Kingdom Brunel's SS Great Eastern of 1860.

Not only will these sketches constitute a future collection, but at least some of them will serve as preliminaries to future full-scale works.

New sketch just completed, albeit a day late for the occasion for which I drew it.On November 21st, 1916, HMHS Britannic...
22/11/2023

New sketch just completed, albeit a day late for the occasion for which I drew it.

On November 21st, 1916, HMHS Britannic - the last and largest of the Olympic-class liners - was on her sixth round voyage to the Mediterranean, bound for the Greek port of Mudros to take on more sick and wounded soldiers that had been fighting in the Gallipoli campaign. At 8:12 A.M., as she neared the island of Kea in the Aegean Sea, a large explosion rocked the ship, causing her bow to rise noticeably and drop back down. Britannic had struck a mine laid mere hours before by the German mine-laying submarine U-73. The watertight doors were immediately closed, but the explosion had caused warping of one or more of the watertight bulkheads and misalignment of the tracks on which the watertight doors ran. This prevented the affected watertight doors from fully closing. To make matters worse, many portholes had been opened - against standing orders - in order to air out the stuffy, hot hospital wards. These open portholes ultimately doomed the ship.

55 minutes later, the grand liner slipped beneath the balmy waters of the Aegean. Miraculously, only 30 lives were lost when two lifeboats launched on the port side without permission were pulled into the still-spinning propellers, which were running as a last-ditch effort to beach the foundering ship on Kea Island. The result was gruesome.

This sketch shows Britannic passing the Rock of Gibraltar as she enters the Mediterranean en route to take on more wounded soldiers. Although she never carried so much as one paying passenger, the career she led serving her king and country was far more noble.

Artwork ©️Kerry McCoy/Ships of State Studio 2023.

Quick 40-minute sketch I just completed of RMS Olympic - one of the sister ships of the famed RMS Titanic - for my upcom...
19/11/2023

Quick 40-minute sketch I just completed of RMS Olympic - one of the sister ships of the famed RMS Titanic - for my upcoming Liner Sketch Series. Enjoy!

"...the Gales of November remembered."48 years ago, shortly after 7:10 P.M. on November 10th, 1975, the Great Lakes ore ...
10/11/2023

"...the Gales of November remembered."

48 years ago, shortly after 7:10 P.M. on November 10th, 1975, the Great Lakes ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald vanished in a violent storm on Lake Superior with all 29 men aboard. There was no mayday call or indication of distress in the last radio correspondence between Captain Ernest McSorley of the Fitz and First Mate Morgan Clarke of the Arthur M. Anderson, who was trailing behind the doomed freighter. When Clarke asked McSorley how they were getting along with their problem, McSorley calmly replied, "We are holding our own." About 10 minutes later, the carrier suddenly plunged 530 feet to the bottom of the lake and snapped in two.

In memory of "Big Fitz" and the 29 men who were lost that night.

Artwork ©️Kerry McCoy/Ships of State Studio 2023.

Happy International Artist's Day!This is my most recent piece "Sibling Rivalry," depicting Lusitania and Mauretania pass...
26/10/2023

Happy International Artist's Day!

This is my most recent piece "Sibling Rivalry," depicting Lusitania and Mauretania passing mid-Atlantic sometime in the spring of 1908.

Artwork ©️Kerry McCoy/Ships of State Studio 2023.

Weekly progress update!Slowly but surely the upperworks take shape. The mainmast has drawn in and rigged, and the funnel...
22/10/2023

Weekly progress update!

Slowly but surely the upperworks take shape. The mainmast has drawn in and rigged, and the funnels are now being shaded and refined prior to detail work. Smoke has also been added. Waste steam from the funnel pipes will be added upon completion of the funnels.

On this day in 1910, the lead ship of White Star's grand trio of Olympic-class liners - RMS Olympic - was launched amid ...
20/10/2023

On this day in 1910, the lead ship of White Star's grand trio of Olympic-class liners - RMS Olympic - was launched amid great fanfare from Harland and Wolff's Slipway No. 2. She would earn the title of the largest ship in the world upon completion in May of the following year.

She would lead an illustrious 24-year career, although peppered with a few mishaps. She would serve as a troop transport during WWI, in which she sank an enemy submarine and was given the moniker "Old Reliable" by the men she carried.

She would be a favorite of the rich and famous throughout the 1920s, seeing the likes of passengers such as Charlie Chaplin, Marie Curie, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Prince of Wales.

Sadly, after the merger of Cunard and White Star in 1934, Olympic was among many ships considered obsolete and surplus, being cast into the shadow of powerful new superliners such as Bremen, Rex, and Normandie. She was retired in April 1935 and set sail for the last time for Palmer's yard in Jarrow-on-Tyne later that year. Her final demolition would be completed by Thomas Ward's yard in Inverkeithing, Scotland in 1937.

Many of her beautiful furnishings and fittings survive today in museums and private collections around the world, harking back to a beautiful bygone era when the grandest ships the world has ever known ruled the North Atlantic.

Artwork ©️Kerry McCoy/Ships of State Studio 2023.

Due to life and health challenges, it's been quite some time since I've been at the drawing table and doing what I love....
18/10/2023

Due to life and health challenges, it's been quite some time since I've been at the drawing table and doing what I love. I'm excited to be working back into it now, and I've spent a little time on the latest piece the last couple of evenings.

Work is progressing along the superstructure, most notably the forecastle and the bridge. Getting the bridge windows just right is always challenging and takes me at least an hour or two to finish by themselves, but it's always so satisfying when they turn out just so.

More regular updates will be forthcoming now that I'm getting back into the swing of things!

Made a few important corrections to "Almost Home" to make it even more accurate, most notably more missing paint from th...
06/09/2023

Made a few important corrections to "Almost Home" to make it even more accurate, most notably more missing paint from the action of moving through the swells, and the scrape from when she rubbed up against the end of Pier 59 in New York. I also removed the leadsman's platform - as it was not installed until after the maiden voyage, and added smaller breakers within the wake to make it a little more lifelike.

Now I need to get it to the print shop to be re-photograhed, and then I will update the images of the piece wherever I have them.

I'm starting a blog! Be sure to go and check it out!
02/09/2023

I'm starting a blog! Be sure to go and check it out!

Hello ladies and gentlemen, and welcome aboard! This is my first time doing a blog, so it'll definitely be a learning curve for me. For any of you experienced bloggers out there, feel free to shoot me any tips or advice on how to create an interesting and engaging blog! A little about myself. As you...

Another sneak peek! Work has been slow lately due to lack of time and energy, but I try to do some here and there whenev...
20/08/2023

Another sneak peek! Work has been slow lately due to lack of time and energy, but I try to do some here and there whenever possible. This one's bound to be good!

Another drawing is in the works! Here are a few teasers!
10/08/2023

Another drawing is in the works! Here are a few teasers!

23/07/2023

Hey everyone!

For all those who participated in the free print giveaway, today is the day! I will be drawing a random name from those who answered correctly, and the winner will receive a PM by the end of today.

Good luck!

***FREE PRINT GIVEAWAY!***On September 4th, 1918, while serving as a troop transport, HMT Olympic was attacked by a Germ...
16/07/2023

***FREE PRINT GIVEAWAY!***

On September 4th, 1918, while serving as a troop transport, HMT Olympic was attacked by a German U-boat. Two torpedoes were fired at the liner, but due to the lack of an explosion it was assumed that the torpedoes had missed. However, when she was drydocked the following year as part of being refitted for return to commercial service, damaged hull plating was discovered on her port side between the third and fourth funnels. One of the torpedoes had found its mark, but had failed to detonate. The outer skin was punctured resulting in minor flooding between the inner and outer skins, but the damage was not enough to result in a noticeable list.

Which U-boat fired the torpedoes, and who was her commander?

I will randomly pick a name from the first ten people to give both correct answers. The winner will be contacted via private message and will receive a free 12"x16" print of "Almost Home."

Best of luck to everyone!

112 years ago, at about this moment, R.M.S. Olympic passed roughly six miles south of Bishop Rock Light on her return ma...
04/07/2023

112 years ago, at about this moment, R.M.S. Olympic passed roughly six miles south of Bishop Rock Light on her return maiden voyage. Averaging 22 knots, she would reach Eddystone Light around 4:30 P.M. GMT, officially marking the end of an incredibly successful voyage - the first of many in a long and illustrious career.

Artwork ©️ Kerry McCoy/Ships of State Studio 2023.

Prints of Sibling Rivalry are now available to order!
20/06/2023

Prints of Sibling Rivalry are now available to order!

Starting a new piece! This one will be unique, and will definitely be a challenge. Stay tuned!
20/06/2023

Starting a new piece! This one will be unique, and will definitely be a challenge. Stay tuned!

After nearly a year on and off, I am proud and excited to announce the completion of my newest work!"Sibling Rivalry" (2...
11/06/2023

After nearly a year on and off, I am proud and excited to announce the completion of my newest work!

"Sibling Rivalry" (2023)
11"x17"
Graphite on Bristol paper

In the vast expanse of the open North Atlantic, Cunard's speed queens of the Edwardian era - Lusitania and Mauretania - pass each other at speed in the spring of 1908. The sisters would compete for the coveted Blue Riband - a prestigious award given to passenger ships that made the fastest average crossing of the Atlantic. The sisters would toss the Blue Riband back and forth several times in their first few years of service, with Mauretania finally winning it back in 1909 and holding it for the next twenty years. Here, the "Lucy" is going for the westbound record once again as she races towards New York, while the "Maury" is returning to Liverpool.

Prints will be available soon!

A few days ago I really pushed the contrast by further darkening the hull, and I'm glad I did. It was definitely needed!...
05/06/2023

A few days ago I really pushed the contrast by further darkening the hull, and I'm glad I did. It was definitely needed!

Made some major progress today. Added the name and anchor, brought out the stem post, and started the shell plating and portholes. I won't be finished with the drawing when I had hoped to be, but that's okay. Taking one's time is the way to go!

Upperworks are finished! The next 20-40 hours will be spent detailing the hull. If all goes according to plan, Lucy is s...
01/06/2023

Upperworks are finished! The next 20-40 hours will be spent detailing the hull. If all goes according to plan, Lucy is slated to be finished next Wednesday - June 7th - in time for the 117th anniversary of her launch.

It's hard for me to fully comprehend how I feel right now.A very special shipment arrived at my doorstep this morning fr...
27/05/2023

It's hard for me to fully comprehend how I feel right now.

A very special shipment arrived at my doorstep this morning from across the pond.

This is a Venesta wall panel from one of RMS Olympic's special first-class staterooms, which were located on the forward promenade deck. Olympic was one of the sisters of the famed RMS Titanic. Venesta is a high grade of plywood. On the back, it retains the original chalk writing (and a chalk sketch of what may be King Neptune) from a Harland and Wolff shipyard worker when she was built in 1911.

If this artifact could speak, it would have so many incredible stories to tell. Stories of adventure, triumph, and tragedy. It likely saw the many famous people she carried across the vast North Atlantic, including the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Marie Curie, and Arthur Conan Doyle.

This panel resounded with the incredible thunder of her huge reciprocating engines as she raced towards the scene of her sister's untimely demise in a vain rescue attempt. It reverberated from the collision with a German U-boat in the English Channel during the closing months of WWI. It may have felt the thud of a German torpedo that failed to explode when it struck her hull.

It's incredible to think that I own such a unique and special piece of history!

Increased work hours have resulted in greater fatigue and less time at the drawing table. I try to make myself do at lea...
22/05/2023

Increased work hours have resulted in greater fatigue and less time at the drawing table. I try to make myself do at least an hour on my days off, and doing so usually gets me in the groove and I end up doing more than I planned.

The funnels are finished, and my hand is now inching along the superstructure towards the bridge. In January 1910, Lusitania was heading westbound when she entered a storm system. Suddenly, the crew on the bridge watched in horror as a 75-foot wall of water met them head-on. Lusitania came through, but not unscathed. Her bridge windows were smashed, and the entire bridge structure was pushed aft a few feet. The deck in that area suffered a permanent depression of about three inches. Thankfully, nobody was injured. At the time she struck the rogue wave, a crew member had been stationed at the compass atop the bridge. Incredibly, he had hung on to the compass pedestal and survived.

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