Thursday, January 13, 2011

MOBY-DICK, Page 518

Title: Hither, and thither, on high, glided the snow-white wings of small, unspeckled birds; these were the gentle thoughts of the feminine air; but to and fro in the deeps, far down in the bottomless blue, rushed mighty leviathans, sword-fish, and sharks; and these were the strong, troubled, murderous thinkings of the masculine sea.

8.25 inches by 8.25 inches
ink on watercolor paper
December 30, 2010

5 comments:

  1. Oh, incredible. Outstanding, the symmetry and the organic form.

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  2. Looked at it again. Pretty close to being my best one yet. And I thought I was the colour girl!

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  3. so lovely!
    my amazement is always renewed.

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  4. Titus, I have probably gone on and on about this but aside from my very early drawings (from the late 90s), I have almost always drawing in black and white, pen and ink only. This project has, for me, been a huge challenge but a grand opportunity for me to learn more about the use of color and the different media that carry color, from paints to colored pencils to inks. That being said, I still feel black and white is my strongest skill, and I have found myself gravitating towards that with many of these later drawings. I was concerned this piece would not read as well in simple black and white, but when I was finished with the pen and ink part, I could just tell it was completed as it was. Anything further would have upset that delicate balance.

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  5. Lizzy, I had to work hard to make sure that my symbolism was not too sophomoric or overt, but I do think this turned out much more beautiful than crass. Drawing is such a mysterious process...things are rarely what I expect them to be.

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