Tuesday, January 18, 2011

MOBY-DICK, Page 528

Title: For so revolvingly appalling was the White Whale's aspect, and so planetarily swift the ever-contracting circles he made, that he seemed horizontally swooping upon them.

8.25 inches by 12 inches
ink on watercolor paper
January 7, 2011


  1. I love this drawing. Truly creepy, especially the eyes. Where's the found paper, though? You can't possible be out of it! (And that reminds me - how are you handling the acidity of the found paper you've been using?)

  2. Thank you Elizabeth. My wife found it quite disturbing as well, which is really what I had hoped for.

    I have actually had a few people write to me regarding the more frequent use of watercolor paper or Bristol board - as opposed to found paper - lately. I will be writing a post explaining that in the next day or so. I still have stacks and stacks of old books and lots of found paper left, but there is a very specific reason why I haven't been using it as often.

    The acidity is something I considered but ultimately it is beyond my control so I don't trouble myself too much. A great deal of the found paper I have been using dates back to the 1960s or 1950s and seems to have held up fairly well for the last 40 or 50 years other than a bit of yellowing. Beyond that, I am careful to handle the pages as little as possible and I have carefully stored all of the artwork in acid-free, archival Itoya portfolios in a smoke free, pet free, non-smoking and climate controlled home. I'm doing just about everything I can do, within my budget, and I am confident that these illustrations will last at least a few more decades with no real damage.

  3. wow, excellent. power and economy or power through economy?
    it works for me, very well.

  4. Thanks dugg, I was a bit delirious by the time I was working on this. I was nearing the end of the project, fuelled entirely by hatred and obsession, and trapped in a hotel room in San Diego with very few art supplies. I was in a zone I think, and this one came very naturally.


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