Friday, December 11, 2009

MOBY-DICK, Page 101

Title: Ship and boat diverged; the cold, damp night breeze blew between; a screaming gull flew overhead; the two hulls wildly rolled; we gave three heavy-hearted cheers, and blindly plunged like fate into the lone Atlantic.

8.5 inches by 11 inches
ink on found paper
December 11, 2009


  1. It's difficult to see in the scan, but the found paper I used has several "vanishing points" clearly indicated, which is why I chose it for this prophetic image.

  2. powerful... When you do a black background, you do it so intensely and it has such a striking effect on the viewer...well, this one at least.

  3. It's all in the materials I use, really. For colored pencils, I use black Berol Prismacolor pencils which have a lovely, waxy, velvety finish that you can layer over and over until it is a beautifully burnished ebony. This piece is India ink, but the secret is to leave the bottle out, open, for a few days. Some of the alcohol evaporates which really deepens the pigment substantially.


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