Friday, March 12, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 192

Title: Besides, when making a passage from one feeding-ground to another, the Sperm Whales, guided by some infallible instinct—say, rather, secret intelligence from the Deity—mostly swim in veins, as they are called; continuing their way along a given ocean-line with such undeviating exactitude, that no ship ever sailed her course, by any chart, with one tithe of such marvellous precision.

7.5 inches by 11 inches
ink and marker on found paper
March 7, 2010

2 comments:

Rudy said...

I really like this picture. It's a really great interpretation of the line, and the linework and texture is just lovely. It's amazing that you evoked both the biological notion of a vein, and something undersea as well.

Matt Kish said...

Thank you Rudy, those are very kind words. At times, the more conceptual passages from the novel are the ones that have been the easiest, or at least the most enjoyable, for me to illustrate. That is definitely the case with this piece. I do enjoy drawing massive monstrous whales, but I have to do that so many times that often I long for an image like this to work on.