Sunday, August 1, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 330

Title: Nimble as a cat, Tashtego mounts aloft; and without altering his erect posture, runs straight out upon the overhanging main-yard-arm, to the part where it exactly projects over the hoisted Tun.

7.75 inches by 10.75 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
August 1, 2010

4 comments:

Daryl said...

This one's really striking. Love it.

Rudy said...

What a great use of silhouette and color. It's a fantastic, atmospheric piece. Love it.

Titus said...

Ah, stunning.

Matt Kish said...

Thank you everyone. I too was very pleased with how this turned out.

Although Melville gives no specific details in the text, I have always imagined this scene - one of my favorites because of how odd, eerie and terrifying it quickly becomes - to take place during a blood red dusk on a calm sea. This is one of the small handful of illustrations that turned out almost exactly the way I saw it in my mind.