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Sweetwater Illustration is run by Karin Gafvelin and specializes in maritime illustrations.

Karin Gafvelin, born in 1986 and based out of Stockholm, Sweden is an illustrator and comic artist specializing in illustrations with maritime themes.

Using over a decade of experience working on tall ships, as well as an education in traditional boatbuilding, she creates art and illustration work that is both beautiful and factually correct.

She currently illustrates for WoodenBoat Magazine (starting in issue 1 of 2018), does freelance illustrations and is working on illustrating a book on traditional rope making. Previous work includes illustrating for the Swedish boating magazine PåKryss

Her graphic novel Djupet, about tall ships and love, was published in December 2017 on Syster Förlag and received great praise and attention in Swedish media.

Contact: sweetwaterillustration@gmail.com


At the helm onboard the Viking Longship Draken, sailing into Qaqortoq, Greenland