Monday, May 31, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 263

Title: Throughout the Pacific, and also in Nantucket, and New Bedford, and Sag Harbor, you will come across lively sketches of whales and whaling-scenes, graven by the fishermen themselves on Sperm Whale-teeth...

8 inches by 10.5 inches
ink and marker on found paper
May 30, 2010


  1. I love this one Matt! The drawings on the teeth are very cool.

  2. Thank you Christy, this one was very hard for me to conceptualize and for a very long time. I didn't want to do something completely literal, plus real scrimshaw is very beautiful and I didn't think there was anything to be gained by me just drawing scrimshaw. But I couldn't get past the idea that scrimshaw was done on real teeth, from the real mouth of a real whale, and from there this sort of naturally, although slowly, evolved.

  3. Thank you Elizabeth, I was really pleased when I was finished. It took a long time to make all those little dots and lines, but the effort was worth it.


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