Around the middle of the 1990s I did a lot of fan art for the Baltimore World Science Fiction Convention, scheduled for 1998. The theme of the Worldcon was "Pirates of Baltimore," and so all the promotional art I did for them had some sort of fantasy pirate in it. This one above was for a holiday card that was sent out to the development and executive staff. The model for the pirate was a real guy who posed for me in the costume. The cat is not a model, but the hat on the cat was one of my collectibles at the time. I know this is for the holidays so the pirate guy is cheerful and smiling but you think that someone whose job is to attack, pillage, and kill would be more serious about it all. But then, pirates in the movies, stage, and screen are seen singing and dancing to "Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum," which was made up by adventure author and literary hero Robert Louis Stephenson.
Black ink on illustration board, about 5" x 7", November 1995.