Passengers have totally been into our thing and I guess that's why we keep getting asked back. This fall we'll be on one ship for about three and a half weeks.. a long one for us. Drawing on computer has its challenges on dry land, but then add the gentle (or not so gentle) rocking of massive ship and there is a whole new kind of challenge. I remember trying to draw digitally about 8 years ago, the equipment was much heavier and slower, monitor much lower resolution. I don't know if it was that or the inside room I was drawing in that sported no windows but the minute I took stylist to tablet, the waves of nausea erupted in my body. I thought maybe that was the end of that idea, perhaps I was destined to always draw on boring old paper. Well, now it is no problem. We've learned how to combat the really rough seas and we've brought minimal packing to a new artform. Mobility is imperative on these vessels. And each entertainer must be able to handle his or her own baggage on their own, especially when going through customs.
This year, we see some familiar places, but also see some new ones like Norway, Iceland, Scotland and France. We have become addicted to this lifestyle, something I wasn't sure would be for me. World class fitness centers, massages, enough food to feed a battalion, and great food, I might add... more entertainment than we can possibly see in a two week frame. Beaches, sun, cold, mountains, plains and everything in between. I've been on many cruises, both for personal and business reasons, 4 days to 14 days, and it's quite a different, rewarding experience going on the long durations. You get the chance to really relax, really forget about life's stresses back home. And develop some great relationships with some of the thousands on board. We have the best of both worlds, being allowed anywhere passengers go and in addition, go anywhere the crew goes. The crew has their own special stores, bars, entertainment, restaurants, etc. We can buy many of the same imported quality items passengers buy at a fraction of the price. Laundry service to room service, all for the asking.
I will keep blogging through the year as we venture out and discover new friends, places and experiences. And I will most certainly keep drawing.. steady as she goes.