Just found you today. You make me want to read this story, and come back afterwards, so I don't spoil my supper.
i love how the whale is swathed and cradled in golden petals, the petals so generous under the arrows (harpoons) so many and so slim.
You make me wonder what book I might illustrate.
Hello Patty, I am pleased you found me. How did you come across this project? I ask not to inflate my own ego but to satisfy genuine curiosity. When I began this project in August 2009, the blog was simply a way to share the art with friends and family out of state. I am not an artist at all. It has been continually amazing, although far more good than bad, how many strangers have found out about this project and left their thoughts, comments, and even critiques. Some have even emailed me. All of which is very nice and always appreciated, but still so very strange to me.
I was so scared to do this piece, Lizzy. Some lines seem to carry so much import, so much weight. It can be crushing. But I did have a vision, and I have been fascinated by this idea of thickets of harpoons. Ultimately I went with what felt just right, and I am happy with how this turned out. A nice and fitting title page to a great book.
Patty, I too would be deeply interested in your illustrations. This project seems to have inspired similar questions in other people, some of whom have gone on to attempt illustrations of their own. What fascinates me is how these projects sort of subvert the idea of a definitive "look" or interpretation, especially of classics, and instead demonstrate a very faceted kind of cultural response.
Stunning, especially the use of the yellow. Hallowed image.
Thank you Titus. As I approach the final stages of the book, the focus shifts more and more toward Moby Dick (the white whale) himself. Part of me is starting to wonder about maybe doing most or all of the final illustrations - or at least the final chapters - on title pages from various versions of "Moby-Dick."