Wednesday, September 2, 2009

MOBY-DICK, Page 027

Title: But Queequeg, do you see, was a creature in the transition state—neither caterpillar nor butterfly.

7 inches by 9.5 inches
acrylic paint, ink, and marker on found paper
September 2, 2009


  1. Very nice project and your drawings are beautiful. I may need one of those sometimes to illustrate my own research. An the infinity sign is almost the right glyph for Queequeg's signature.


  2. Hello Nick, and thank you very much for looking at my work and giving me some feedback. I sincerely appreciate it. I'd be happy to help with your research if there ever was a chance.

    As for Queequeg's glyph, I drew some of the inspiration from Chapter 18, "His Mark," where Queequeg, unable to sign his name, puts down one of the symbols from his tattoos. Which Captain Peleg rather hilariously amends as "Quohog, his mark..." One of the things I love so much about Melville's novel is the tremendous sense of humor hidden just beneath the surface.

  3. Matt, If you want to get a glimpse of Melville's tremendous sense of humour, just try to substitute the infinity symbol with an ampersand in Queequeg's signature. You'll be laughing out loud when you get the joke made at our expense!


    Hint: think latin.


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