Thursday, June 3, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 268

Title: In the distance, a great white mass lazily rose, and rising higher and higher, and disentangling itself from the azure, at last gleamed before our prow like a snow-slide, new slid from the hills. Thus glistening for a moment, as slowly it subsided, and sank. Then once more arose, and silently gleamed.

15.5 inches by 10.75 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
June 3, 2010


  1. The original paper makes a stunning backdrop (is it a map?).

    The detail on this is awesome.

  2. The detail on this one is exquisite. How on earth did you do those triangles?

  3. Thank you so much Hannah, I was actually really worried about this one. I almost started it another way, then stopped, then went with something really intuitive. After a bit, I became deeply worried that somehow this looked too much like a (don't laugh!) thing from the Nintendo Super Mario games called a Gooper Blooper. I finished it anyway and my wife assured me it looked far more eerie and surreal than a Super Mario character, and it reminded her of a 1960s sci-fi book cover. So I felt better and I'm starting to like it more and more.

    The background image is actually a circuit board map from a radio repair guide from the mid 1960s. I loved the pattern of the circuits and the exploding lines.

  4. Ah Sean, I wish I could write something terribly artistic and make it look like those triangles were the result of skill hard earned after years of effort in a rainy cave in Nepal. But really, I just used a triangle template and traced smaller and smaller ones inside. It's not as easy as it seems, and you can see all sorts of irregularities, but it's an effect I love.


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