Monday, May 24, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 256

Title: In the vignettes and other embellishments of some ancient books you will at times meet with very curious touches at the whale, where all manner of spouts, jets d'eau, hot springs and cold, Saratoga and Baden-Baden, come bubbling up from his unexhausted brain.

10.75 inches by 7.75 inches
ink and marker on found paper
May 23, 2010


  1. Matt,

    I am really enjoying your genius on full speed ahead. I put a small homage to your work on my blog. Take a look and see what you think.


  2. William, I am very impressed, touched, thankful and a bit envious. Part of the struggle (for me) in this project has been learning to do more with less, artistically. Somehow I seem to keep drifting toward the heavily detailed pieces I was trying to escape from, but you seemed to almost effortlessly, and with beautifully simple shapes and forms, the essence of the novel. Bravo!

  3. I like this one a lot. My paintings have been veering towards a style similar to this (infernal machines). Great use of the found paper.

  4. A, thank you, this "infernal machines" style is something I quite like a lot. I only wish I had more time to spend on some of these pieces because it is something I would like to explore more of.

    Is there any way I could see some of your paintings online?

  5. A steampunk whale.

  6. I suppose that is indeed a very accurate description, yes. I have always been fascinated with machines, especially those which resemble living creatures. I do try to avoid creating illustrations that look as if they fall too specifically into some kind of genre, but if I were to be associated with one than steampunk would definitely be a compliment.


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