Friday, July 2, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 295

Title: Now as the blubber envelopes the whale precisely as the rind does an orange, so is it stripped off from the body precisely as an orange is sometimes stripped by spiralizing it. For the strain constantly kept up by the windlass continually keeps the whale rolling over and over in the water, and as the blubber in one strip uniformly peels off along the line called the "scarf," simultaneously cut by the spades of Starbuck and Stubb, the mates; and just as fast as it is thus peeled off, and indeed by that very act itself, it is all the time being hoisted higher and higher aloft till its upper end grazes the main-top...

7.5 inches by 10.5 inches
acrylic paint, ballpoint pen and ink on found paper
July 1, 2010

1 comment:

  1. This is, oddly enough, one of the most realistic pieces I have drawn. I read and re-read this chapter and the description of how the blubber was peeled off the whale but I was never really able to see it in my mind. Finally, I went looking for some photo reference and found and image very like this one. I made this piece as realistic as I did simply because it was important for me to really be able to see what was happening here. I'm happy with it.

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