In running through associations with the word quiet, I kept bumping into words that evoked the sea or words that evoked death. I started playing with the idea of the phrase "quiet as a tomb" and veered off the ocean to thinking about archealogical discovery. In sketching, those ideas came together in my mind to ships frozen in ice- ill fated explorations, abandoned voyages crystallized in time.
This is my first real project with Illustrator, so it's been a lot of trial an error, and I'm pretty sure I have gone overboard on experimenting with texture. I'll probably go back and refine it a bit more, but this is my first draft.