Now that this blog, which was initially the home for my "One Drawing for Every Page of Moby-Dick" project only, has now evolved into what is more or less my only blog, I've decided to slowly add images of just about every drawing and photograph I've ever made. In the next few days, all of these projects will also be added to my web site Spudd 64, which is a sort of online portfolio with some biographical and contact information and links to this blog and my Etsy shop.
I really struggled with whether or not to include all of these images on my site and on this blog. Some have told me that an online collection of images should be a carefully curated collection of the best pieces in order to promote one's skills and successes as an artist and to hopefully convince others to invest in sales, commissions, and future illustration opportunities. That makes sense but it feels a bit mercenary and seems to rather drastically distort what, for me at least, are my real reasons for making images.
Since the early 1990s, I've been making images. I started with 35mm SLR camera photography, transitioned to drawing, explored making small press comics and zines, drifted back into lo-fi photography using pinhole and Holga cameras, and eventually plunged headlong into this Moby-Dick project. While all of these images I've set my hand to cover a very wide range of ideas and representations, to me it all feels very natural. There is not one thing here that I am ashamed of or embarrassed about even though some are definitely more successful than others.
As I said, I struggled with this. I tried and tried to find some reason why I should not include these images in the blog and on my site and I just couldn't. This is me, these pieces are all OF me, and they were all steps in the road that led me to this Moby-Dick project and beyond. It's not always a comfortable fit and the road wasn't smooth, but it just felt more wrong to ignore these pieces than it does to include them.
I'll probably be adding two pieces a day, appropriately tagged for easy navigation, over the next few months. Comments, questions, and critiques are always welcomed. And of course, there will also be new posts, new works, and so on. Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy this ongoing personal visual history.