'New Zealand Odyssey', published in 1989 by Heinemann, was authored by me, Don Donovan (who did the text and illustrations) and Euan Sarginson, who did the photography and design. In this series of blog posts, I will publish some of my drawings.
This is Kupe as it was (and probably still is) in 1987 fussing about on Wellington Harbour. It would push and pull anything - even the world's largest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier if only the government would let one in.
The thing I like about tugboats is that they derive all of their beauty from practicality. Nothing is there for design's sake only and yet they have the same compact attractiveness as a female circus performer! And the colours - perfect!
© DON DONOVAN