Tuesday, January 19, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 133

Title: BOOK I (Folio), Chapter VI. (Sulphur Bottom).

21 inches by 10.75 inches
colored pencil, ink and marker on found paper
January 19, 2010


  1. Triple-sized. This might be the largest piece of art I have ever created.

  2. Love these "cetology" pages... are you familiar with Richard Ellis?

  3. Hey thanks Jeffrey. The "Cetology" pages have been my favorite so far, although finishing the larger ones in just a few hours has really been exhausting. I'm quite pleased with how they turned out though.

    I am not at all familiar with Richard Ellis. Is he an artist?

  4. He's a scientist and artist.


    His books are all pretty amazing. His whale and shark volumes might have his best paintings, but my favorite of his to read is "Deep Atlantic".

  5. You know what's really weird? I am almost certain I saw that guy's stuff - especially some of his whale paintings - when I was younger and I just didn't know who he was. Some of it looks very familiar and really resonates with me. At the risk of using a tired metaphor, I really am quite a bit like a sponge and tend to soak up lots and lots of visuals, eventually forgetting where they came from but still able to dimly see them in my mind. And something about his paintings is so achingly familiar like that.

    I am fortunate to have access to two good library systems, so I am going to try and track some of his books down. Thanks for the tip!

    Oh, and many thanks for NOT comparing me to that guy Wyland. Ugh.

  6. Wyland, haha, he's the Thomas Kinkade of nautical art

  7. Love the serpentine look to it.

  8. It was difficult to envision the "Sulphur Bottom" or Blue Whale because it is so massive but really very slender. Serpentine is a fairly accurate description. I think the eye helps this into the realm of the fantastic though, which is what I was hoping for and I think I achieved it.


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