Friday, September 30, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 239

Title: "Quitting the pump at last, with the rest of his band, the Lakeman went forward all panting, and sat himself down on the windlass; his face fiery red, his eyes bloodshot, and wiping the profuse sweat from his brow..."

11 x 7.75 inches
acrylic paint, colored pencil and ink on found paper
May 8, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 238

Title: "...at all events Steelkilt was a tall and noble animal with a head like a Roman, and a flowing golden beard like the tasseled housings of your last viceroy's snorting charger..."

11 x 7.75 inches
acrylic paint, collage and ink on found paper
May 8, 2010


Thursday, September 29, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 237

Title: "...they are swept by Borean and dismasting blasts as direful as any that lash the salted wave..."

11 x 7.75 inches
acrylic paint and ballpoint pen on found paper
May 7, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 236

Title: ...had it not been for the brutal overbearing of Radney, the mate...

11 x 7.75 inches
acrylic paint, collage and ink on found paper
May 7, 2010


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 235

Title: For my humor's sake, I shall preserve the style in which I once narrated it at Lima, to a lounging circle of my Spanish friends, one saint's eve, smoking upon the thick-gilt tiled piazza of the Golden Inn. Of those fine cavaliers, the young Dons, Pedro and Sebastian, were on the closer terms with me...

8 x 5 inches
ink and marker on found paper
May 5, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 234

Title: It was not very long after speaking the Goney that another homeward-bound whaleman, the Town-Ho, was encountered. She was manned almost wholly by Polynesians.

7.75 x 11 inches
acrylic paint, ink and marker on found paper
May 3, 2010


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 233

Title: And often you will notice that being conscious of the eyes of the whole visible world resting on him from the sides of the two ships, this standing captain is all alive to the importance of sustaining his dignity by maintaining his legs.

9.25 x 6.5 inches
ink and marker on found paper
October 31, 2010

(This is the second version of this illustration, and was re-drawn much later. I will post the first version, along with the other alternate versions I did for other pages, after I finish posting all 552 of the Moby-Dick illustrations that were published in my book Moby-Dick in Pictures.)


MOBY-DICK, page 232

Title: And as for Pirates, when they chance to cross each other's cross-bones, the first hail is — "How many skulls?"

15.75 x 10.75 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
May 1, 2010


Monday, September 26, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 231

Title: Besides, the English whalers sometimes affect a kind of metropolitan superiority over the American whalers...

10.75 x 7.5 inches
colored pencil, ink and marker on found paper
May 1, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 230

Title: Were this world an endless plain, and by sailing eastward we could for ever reach new distances, and discover sights more sweet and strange than any Cyclades or Islands of King Solomon, then there were promise in the voyage.

8 x 12 inches
ink and marker on watercolor paper
May 1, 2010


Sunday, September 25, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 229

Title: "Swim away from me, do ye?" murmured Ahab, gazing over into the water. There seemed but little in the words, but the tone conveyed more of deep helpless sadness than the insane old man had ever before evinced.

10.75 x 7.25 inches
colored pencil, ink and marker on found paper
April 28, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 228

Title: As if the waves had been fullers, this craft was bleached like the skeleton of a stranded walrus. All down her sides, this spectral appearance was traced with long channels of reddened rust, while all her spars and her rigging were like the thick branches of trees furred over with hoar-frost.

8 x 9.75 inches
ink on found paper
April 27, 2010


Saturday, September 24, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 227

Title: But calm, snow-white, and unvarying; still directing its fountain of feathers to the sky; still beckoning us on from before, the solitary jet would at times be descried.

11.25 x 6.75 inches
ink on found paper, xeroxed and enlarged 4 separate times, treated with white-out (originals and remaining copies destroyed)
April 15, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 226

Title: These temporary apprehensions, so vague but so awful, derived a wondrous potency from the contrasting serenity of the weather, in which, beneath all its blue blandness, some thought there lurked a devilish charm, as for days and days we voyaged along, through seas so wearily, lonesomely mild, that all space, in repugnance to our vengeful errand, seemed vacating itself of life before our urn-like prow.

10.5 x 7.5 inches
acrylic paint, colored pencil, ink and marker on found paper
April 15, 2010


Friday, September 23, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 225

Title: ...every reclining mariner started to his feet as if some winged spirit had lighted in the rigging, and hailed the mortal crew. "There she blows!"

11.5 x 17 inches
ink on found paper
April 13, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 224

Title: Lit up by the moon, it looked celestial; seemed some plumed and glittering god uprising from the sea.

10.75 x 7.75 inches
ink on found paper
April 12, 2010


Thursday, September 22, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 223

Title: ...Beelzebub himself might climb up the side and step down into the cabin to chat with the captain...

15.75 x 10.75 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
April 11, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 222

Title: ...the pursuit of whales is always under great and extraordinary difficulties...

15.75 x 10.75 inches
acrylic paint, collage and ink on found paper
April 11, 2010


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 221

Title: I looked round me tranquilly and contentedly, like a quiet ghost with a clean conscience sitting inside the bars of a snug family vault.

6 x 7 inches
ink on found paper
April 9, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 220

Title: "Mr. Stubb," said I, turning to that worthy, who, buttoned up in his oil-jacket, was now calmly smoking his pipe in the rain...

10 x 6.75 inches
acrylic paint, ink and pencil on sketchbook page
April 9, 2010


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 219

Title: There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke, though the wit thereof he but dimly discerns, and more than suspects that the joke is at nobody's expense but his own.

10.75 x 15.75 inches
acrylic paint, crayon and ink on found paper
April 7, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 218

Title: Squall, whale, and harpoon had all blended together...

15.25 x 10.75 inches
ballpoint pen and ink on found paper
April 6, 2010


Monday, September 19, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 217

Title: ...with a lightning-like hurtling whisper Starbuck said: "Stand up!" and Queequeg, harpoon in hand, sprang to his feet.

10.75 x 8.5 inches
colored pencil, ink and marker on found paper
April 4, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 216

Title: ...the brief suspended agony of the boat, as it would tip for an instant on the knife-like edge of the sharper waves, that almost seemed threatening to cut it in two...

11 x 7.75 inches
ink and marker on found paper
April 3, 2010


Sunday, September 18, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 215

Title: Seen in advance of all the other indications, the puffs of vapor they spouted, seemed their forerunning couriers and detached flying outriders.

11 x 7.75 inches
ballpoint pen, ink, marker and spray paint on found paper
April 2, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 214

Title: But the sight of little Flask mounted upon gigantic Daggoo was yet more curious; for sustaining himself with a cool, indifferent, easy, unthought of, barbaric majesty, the noble negro to every roll of the sea harmoniously rolled his fine form. On his broad back, flaxen-haired Flask seemed a snow-flake. The bearer looked nobler than the rider.

11 x 8.5 inches
acrylic paint, ink and marker on found paper
April 2, 2010


Saturday, September 17, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 213

Title: The whales had irregularly settled bodily down into the blue, thus giving no distantly discernible token of the movement...

11 x 7.75 inches
ink and marker on found paper
March 27, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 212

Title: Those tiger yellow creatures of his seemed all steel and whale-bone...

11 x 7.75 inches
ink and marker on found paper
March 27, 2010


Friday, September 16, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 211

Title: He would say the most terrific things to his crew, in a tone so strangely compounded of fun and fury, and the fury seemed so calculated merely as a spice to the fun, that no oarsman could hear such queer invocations without pulling for dear life, and yet pulling for the mere joke of the thing.

7.75 x 11 inches
ink and marker on found paper
March 24, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 210

Title: ...a fourth keel, coming from the windward side, pulled round under the stern, and showed the five strangers rowing Ahab...

5 x 8 inches
ink on found paper
March 23, 2010


Thursday, September 15, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 209

Title: The figure that now stood by its bows was tall and swart, with one white tooth evilly protruding from its steel-like lips. A rumpled Chinese jacket of black cotton funereally invested him, with wide black trowsers of the same dark stuff. But strangely crowning his ebonness was a glistening white plaited turban, the living hair braided and coiled round and round upon his head.

10.75 x 7.5 inches
acrylic paint, charcoal, colored pencil, crayon and ink on found paper
March 22, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 208

Title: High aloft in the cross-trees was that mad Gay-Header, Tashtego. His body was reaching eagerly forward, his hand stretched out like a wand, and at brief sudden intervals he continued his cries.

10.5 x 7.5 inches
ink and marker on found paper
March 22, 2010


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 207

Title: Thus we were weaving and weaving away when I started at a sound so strange, long drawn, and musically wild and unearthly, that the ball of free will dropped from my hand, and I stood gazing up at the clouds...

11 x 8.5 inches
ink on found paper
March 21, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 206

Title: That protection could only consist in his own predominating brain and heart and hand...

8.5 x 6.75 inches
colored pencil and ink on found paper
March 20, 2010


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 205

Title: ...for few men's courage is proof against protracted meditation unrelieved by action...

10.5 x 7.5 inches
ink on found paper
March 20, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 204

Title: To accomplish his object Ahab must use tools...

10.5 x 7.5 inches
ink on found paper
March 20, 2010


Monday, September 12, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 203

Title: I am told, on good authority, that on the Barbary coast, a Commodore Davis of the British navy found the skeleton of a Sperm Whale.

8.5 x 10.5 inches
acrylic paint, charcoal, colored pencil, crayon and ink on found paper
March 19, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 202

Title: ...upon being attacked he will frequently open his mouth, and retain it in that dread expansion for several consecutive minutes.

4.25 x 7 inches
ink on found paper
March 18, 2010


Sunday, September 11, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 201

Title: An uncommon large whale, the body of which was larger than the ship itself, lay almost at the surface of the water, but was not perceived by any one on board till the moment when the ship, which was in full sail, was almost upon him...

10.5 x 7.5 inches
colored pencil and ink on found paper
March 16, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 200

Title: I tell you, the Sperm Whale will stand no nonsense.

10.75 x 7.5 inches
acrylic paint, colored pencil and ink on found paper
March 15, 2010


Saturday, September 10, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 199

Title: The Sperm Whale is in some cases sufficiently powerful, knowing, and judiciously malicious, as with direct aforethought to stave in, utterly destroy, and sink a large ship; and what is more, the Sperm Whale has done it.

9.5 x 7.75 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
March 14, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 198

Title: Do you suppose that that poor fellow there, who this moment perhaps caught by the whale-line off the coast of New Guinea, is being carried down to the bottom of the sea by the sounding leviathan—do you suppose that that poor fellow's name will appear in the newspaper obituary you will read to-morrow at your breakfast?

10.75 x 7.75 inches
ink on found paper
March 14, 2010


Friday, September 9, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 197

Title: Was it not so, O Don Miguel! thou Chilian whale, marked like an old tortoise with mystic hieroglyphics upon the back!

13.75 x 10.75 inches
ink and marker on found paper
March 13, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 196

Title: First: I have personally known three instances where a whale, after receiving a harpoon, has effected a complete escape; and, after an interval (in one instance of three years), has been again struck by the same hand, and slain; when the two irons, both marked by the same private cypher, have been taken from the body.

7.75 x 11 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
March 11, 2010


Thursday, September 8, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 195

Title: Therefore, the tormented spirit that glared out of bodily eyes, when what seemed Ahab rushed from his room, was for the time but a vacated thing, a formless somnambulistic being, a ray of living light, to be sure, but without an object to color, and therefore a blankness in itself.

10.75 x 7.5 inches
crayon and ink on found paper
March 10, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 194

Title: ...a chasm seemed opening in him, from which forked flames and lightnings shot up, and accursed fiends beckoned him to leap down among them...

10.75 x 8 inches
ink and marker on found paper
March 9, 2010


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 193

Title: ...there the waves were storied with his deeds...

8.5 x 10.75 inches
ink on found paper
March 8, 2010


MOBY-DICK, page 192

Title: Besides, when making a passage from one feeding-ground to another, the Sperm Whales, guided by some infallible instinct—say, rather, secret intelligence from the Deity—mostly swim in veins, as they are called; continuing their way along a given ocean-line with such undeviating exactitude, that no ship ever sailed her course, by any chart, with one tithe of such marvellous precision.

11 x 7.5 inches
ink and marker on found paper
March 7, 2010


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

MOBY-DICK, page 191

Title: ...Ahab was threading a maze of currents and eddies, with a view to the more certain accomplishment of that monomaniac thought of his soul.

8.25 x 11 inches
ink and marker on found paper
March 7, 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...

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