An artist who cannot focus on his painting, a man who fishes in the harbor every day, a girl enjoying a stroll… on a quiet summer’s day, they all watch the same stretch of sea, and enjoy the everyday pleasures of the fishing harbor.
What is a day in the life of a fishing harbor like? An artist watches the swallows outside his window, hoping for heavy rain. An angler dozes at the waterside, until something pulls on his fishing rod. A girl on holiday enjoys a snack and the soft caress of the wind on her face. In the little fishing harbor, everyone has their own way of enjoying themselves, which includes watching the sea.
Watching the Sea was inspired by illustrator HOM’s experience of staying in a fishing port in northern Taiwan. He takes three characters often seen by the water side – an artist, an angler, and a tourist – and through a combination of spreads and multiple frames he draws readers through the images, so they can experience the unhurried and interesting scenes at the harbor side too.