As I mentioned before, there are at least a few more pieces of Moby-Dick related art I had wanted to complete before moving on to something new. These are things that I either did not have the time or the room to complete over the course of the general 552 illustration project or pieces that are inspired by the novel but perhaps not directly related to a specific line or scene.
The piece below is the first in a series of 4 drawings that will be based on the named whales from chapter 45: The Affidavit. I already did a piece illustrating this particular whale, "Don Miguel," for page 197 so this is simply another view. The next three will have a similar composition but the whales will look very different and the color palette, while still monochromatic, will vary.
So, the official title of this piece is Was it not so, O Don Miguel! thou Chilian whale, marked like an old tortoise with mystic hieroglyphics upon the back!
12 inches by 8 inches
ink on watercolor paper
February 17, 2011