Sunday, January 31, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 147

Title: Of modern standers-of-mast-heads we have but a lifeless set; mere stone, iron, and bronze men...

8 inches by 11 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
January 31, 2010

Saturday, January 30, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 146

Title: ... so, in his inclement, howling old age, Ahab's soul, shut up in the caved trunk of his body, there fed upon the sullen paws of its gloom!

8.5 inches by 10.5 inches
ink on found paper
January 30, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 145

Title: But, doubtless, this noble savage fed strong and drank deep of the abounding element of air...

8 inches by 5 inches
colored pencil, ink and marker on found paper
January 30, 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 144

Title: ...while Tashtego, knife in hand, began laying out the circle preliminary to scalping him.

8 inches by 11 inches
colored pencil, ink and marker on found paper
January 29, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 143

Title: For what he ate did not so much relieve his hunger, as keep it immortal in him.

5 inches by 8 inches
ballpoint pen and ink on found paper
January 28, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Some (mostly older) art for sale

I was re-organizing my studio and I came across some of my older art. Since some people have been asking about buying art, I’ve decided to put the older, pre-Moby-Dick pieces up for sale right now. There actually are some Moby-Dick related pieces for sale, including some alternate versions of pages from this project and a few studies of whales.

My older art is, in some ways, very different from what I am doing now. Some of you might like it more, some less. I like it about the same.

So if you’re interested, the link to see what’s for sale is here...

ART FOR SALE

I’ll keep this up at the top of the blog for a day or two so people can look. You can always email me if you have any questions at all.

Monday, January 25, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 142

Title: With one mind, their intent eyes all fastened upon the old man's knife, as he carved the chief dish before him.

6 inches by 7.5 inches
ink on found paper
January 25, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 141

Title: It is noon; and Dough-Boy, the steward, thrusting his pale loaf-of-bread face from the cabin-scuttle, announces dinner to his lord and master...

9 inches by 11 inches
ink on found paper
January 24, 2010

Saturday, January 23, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 140

Title: That certain sultanism of his brain...

8 inches by 11 inches
acrylic paint, colored pencil and ink on found paper
January 23, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 139

Title: ...night watches on a whaling ground...

8 inches by 11 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
January 23, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

"Moby-Thickly," or, me in Germany

Yesterday, Jan Herrmann, who writes for the German web site Cetacea contacted me to let me know he had written a short piece on this project and to ask if he could use some of my illustrations for it. The answer was yes, of course, and if you can read German you can check it out here.

Actually, even with the aid of an online translation tool like Babel Fish you should be able to understand most of it. What is especially amusing about using an online translation program is that, due to the lack of context, "Moby-Dick" in German becomes "Moby-Thickly" in English.

MOBY-DICK, Page 138

Title: ...two centuries and more ago, the command of a whale ship was not wholly lodged in the person now called the captain, but was divided between him and an officer called the Specksynder. Literally this word means Fat-Cutter...

8.25 inches by 11.5 inches
acrylic paint, crayon and ink on found paper
January 22, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 137

Title: BOOK III. (Duodecimo), Chapter III. (Mealy-mouthed Porpoise).

7.75 inches by 7 inches
colored pencil and ink on found paper
January 22, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 133

Title: BOOK I (Folio), Chapter VI. (Sulphur Bottom).

21 inches by 10.75 inches
colored pencil, ink and marker on found paper
January 19, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

Sunday, January 17, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 131

Title: The Fin-Back is not gregarious. He seems a whale-hater, as some men are man-haters. Very shy; always going solitary; unexpectedly rising to the surface in the remotest and most sullen waters...

15.75 inches by 10.75 inches
ink and marker on found paper
January 17, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 130

Title: BOOK I. (Folio), Chapter II. (Right Whale).

15.75 inches by 10.75 inches
ink and marker on found paper
January 17, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 129

Title: BOOK I. (Folio), Chapter I. (Sperm Whale).

15.75 inches by 10.75 inches
ink on found paper
January 16, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 128

Title: To be short, then, a whale is a spouting fish with a horizontal tail. There you have him.

5.75 inches by 9 inches
colored pencil on found paper
January 16, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 127

Title: As yet, however, the Sperm Whale, scientific or poetic, lives not complete in any literature. Far above all other hunted whales, his is an unwritten life.

8.5 inches by 7 inches
ink on Bristol board
January 15, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 126

Title: Of the names in this list of whale authors, only those following Owen ever saw living whales; and but one of them was a real professional harpooneer and whaleman. I mean Captain Scoresby.

8 inches by 11 inches
acrylic paint, colored pencil, crayon, ink and marker on found paper
January 15, 2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 125

Title: "What d'ye think of that now, Flask? ain't there a small drop of something queer about that, eh? a white whale — did ye mark that, man? Look ye — there's something special in the wind. Stand by for it, Flask."

10.5 inches by 8.5 inches
acrylic paint and ballpoint pen on notebook paper and masking tape (with incidental acrylic paint and ink)
January 13, 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 124

Title: ...a sort of badger-haired old merman, with a hump on his back, takes me by the shoulders, and slews me round.

6.25 inches by 7.75 inches
ink and marker on found paper
January 12, 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 123

Title: He tossed the still lighted pipe into the sea. The fire hissed in the waves...

7.75 inches by 11 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
January 11, 2010

Sunday, January 10, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 122

Title: For a Khan of the plank, and a king of the sea, and a great lord of Leviathans was Ahab.

7 inches by 7.75 inches
colored pencil, ink and marker on found paper
January 10, 2010

Saturday, January 9, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 121

Title: As he said this, Ahab advanced upon him with such overbearing terrors in his aspect, that Stubb involuntarily retreated.

7.75 inches by 11 inches
acrylic paint, ink and marker on found paper
January 9, 2010

Thursday, January 7, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 120

Title: Starting at the unforeseen concluding exclamation of the so suddenly scornful old man, Stubb was speechless a moment; then said excitedly, "I am not used to be spoken to that way, sir; I do but less than half like it, sir."

7.75 inches by 11 inches
ballpoint pen on found paper
January 7, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 119

Title: The warmly cool, clear, ringing, perfumed, overflowing, redundant days, were as crystal goblets of Persian sherbet, heaped up—flaked up, with rose-water snow.

8.5 inches by 5.5 inches
ink and marker on paper
January 6, 2010

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 118

Title: Upon each side of the Pequod's quarter deck, and pretty close to the mizen shrouds, there was an auger hole, bored about half an inch or so, into the plank. His bone leg steadied in that hole...

7.75 inches by 11 inches
colored pencil and ink on found paper
January 5, 2010