Tuesday, May 25, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 257

Title: But the placing of the cap-sheaf to all this blundering business was reserved for the scientific Frederick Cuvier, brother to the famous Baron. In 1836, he published a Natural History of Whales, in which he gives what he calls a picture of the Sperm Whale. Before showing that picture to any Nantucketer, you had best provide for your summary retreat from Nantucket. In a word, Frederick Cuvier's Sperm Whale is not a Sperm Whale, but a squash.

8 inches by 10.75 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
May 25, 2010

6 comments:

Daryl said...

Was hoping you'd pick that line to illustrate.

Naomi said...

I've been following your project since the first month, and this is the first drawing to make me laugh out loud. Wonderful!

A said...

I really dig this one. Nailed the "Field Guide to..." style. I like the background weathering too.

Matt Kish said...

Daryl, definitely. How could I not? It is one of the many, many wonderfully funny lines and I simply couldn't pass it by.

Matt Kish said...

Naomi, thank you, it is really cool to hear from someone who has been following along since the first month! I am very happy to know I was able to make you laugh out loud, that does my heart good indeed.

Matt Kish said...

A, thank you. I was really taken with this line, but absolutely torn about how to depict it. Literally? Abstractly? Symbolically? In the end, I tried for a bit of each of those, and ended up being very pleased with the result. Thank you for the "Field Guide To..." comment to, that was very good to read.