1000 Heads: the book

1000 heads, my illustration book

Inspiring books for the creative type



There is no doubt the Pirates of the Caribbean saga has fueled a new interest for pirate stories. My son has always loved ships, travel adventures and of course everything related to buccaneers, pirates, corsairs, privateers, and other sea–bound villains. We have some favourites related to this ever–fascinating subject that we’d like to share here, especially those sites with lots of illustrations. If you have some super-pirate-resource (and I don't mean software or music piracy here!), feel free to post in in the comments of this article.
Captain Kidd burying his bible, from Pirates' own bookPirate Image Archive:pirates, battle, ships, pirate fun, punishment, pirate maps, The complete Howard Pyle book (see below), flags… plus links and more.

700 pirates group at Flickr, with illustations of imaginary pirates.

A french site with tons of information and links: http://www.pirates-corsaires.com/

Super-cute illustrations in the children book style by Rémy Tornior at http://www.gribouillage-et-coloriage.com/

A James Harvey project called 100 pirates in 100 days. A good exercise!

And of course, there is no shortage of copyright–free books in The Gutenberg Project, including illustrated volumes such as:

In the same Project Gutenberg website, you’ll also find dozens of pirate stories as plain ebook (html / txt), like Howard Pyle’s Book of Pirates; fiction, fact & fancy concerning the buccaneers & marooners of the Spanish main, and the classic among classics, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.

And maybe, before setting off on your piracy journey, some background information from the Wikipedia could help.


kookiejar said...

You have a very interesting blog. Thanks for sharing.
Btw the collage down there is awesome!!

Joan said...

Thanks, kookiejar, and yes, I agree about the collage... How I wish I could draw like my son! He seldom uses colour, and when he does he's even more amazing.

Don said...

Not quite pirates, but Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander books are excellent (British navy during the Napoleonic Wars) the movie with Russell Crowe is really good, too.


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