Wednesday, May 26, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 258

Title: The living whale, in his full majesty and significance, is only to be seen at sea in unfathomable waters; and afloat the vast bulk of him is out of sight, like a launched line-of-battle ship...

29.75 inches by 10.75 inches
collage, ink and pencil on found paper
May 26, 2010

A few things concerning this piece. First, the image probably looks very skinny on your screen. That's because it's incredibly huge. Here is a photo of my lovely wife holding it up to show the size, like "the fish that got away" according to her.

Almost 3 feet long and about a foot tall. Huge.

Second, I had to scan this thing in 4 sections and then piece it together bit by bit. It took forever, and there seems to be some slight distortion (weird tapering) near the right top edge of the image. I wanted to get it posted tonight, and it didn't affect the image all that much, so I am posting it as is for now. I'll see if I can figure out why PhotoShop is tapering it like that but it may just have to be that way.

So there you go. The most massive whale I have ever depicted. I am exhausted now. I literally just finished this, and it is now well after 11 pm. Good night.

Oh, almost forgot. The eyes, sketched in pencil on the upper right portion of the image, are an homage to painter Claus Hoie.


  1. Thanks Buck. Oddly enough, the brushwork comes pretty quickly, even for a piece this size. I suppose that's the nature of working with these large loose brushstrokes. Anything done with a pen or ink or colored pencil or marker seems to take me almost exponentially longer. Still, I don't quite feel comfortable enough with a brush to use it fill time yet.

  2. i can't keep leaving "I LOVE THIS" on every page. But, i love this! good thing i'm not a writer. I'm so redundundant.

  3. Nonsense bowsprite, I truly appreciate every single comment and compliment. This piece was also one of my favorites, and it was a great joy to work at such an expanded size.


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