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


4 comments:

Christy said...

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

Elizabeth said...

This is one of my favorites.

Matt Kish said...

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.

Matt Kish said...

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.