Wednesday, March 10, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 190

Title: While thus employed, the heavy pewter lamp suspended in chains over his head, continually rocked with the motion of the ship, and for ever threw shifting gleams and shadows of lines upon his wrinkled brow...

6.75 inches by 11.25 inches
ink and marker on found paper
March 6, 2010


  1. How did you achieve that awesome wavy look in the black?

  2. Well Brandon, it's funny you should ask that. The waviness in the black is a complete accident, although a happy one. The paper I used for this piece is extremely thin, almost like onion skin, with a slightly slick surface. The black ink soaked almost all the way through, making it somewhat brittle and stiff. Since the ink dried at different rates, that, in effect, "dried in" a kind of stiff waviness. Additionally, this ink tends to dry somewhat glossily if I layer on enough (which I did) so all of those things combined to give this a very subtly textured surface. I don't know if I could get the same effect again if I tried.


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