Monday, September 21, 2009

Ahab

"Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee. Sink all coffins and all hearses to one common pool! and since neither can be mine, let me then tow to pieces, while still chasing thee, though tied to thee, thou damned whale! Thus, I give up the spear!"
mike r baker

10 comments:

Lorraine Brelsford said...

So, you illustrate story books for a living? Please tell us about the mediums you use. I wonder how many of us artists can make a living from our talents? Not me.. I don't.. haw haw

Marcus Hadlock said...

Great job on this- I love your textures :)

pat said...

Really good, Mike. I like the cursed whale in the balloon...clever.

bagalagalaga said...

fantastic! He looks nice and crazy!

Doodlestreet said...

Ooooh...very nice, mike. It kinda has the engraved block print feel to it too. LOVE love love the background! Very nice--

I can pass on the name to a good anger management specialist for your sailor, btw. ;oB (and dentist). lol!

mike r. baker said...

I somehow imagine all sailors pre-1900 must have suffered scurvy. Or, at least, it's funny to draw them that way anyway. :)

Antonia Glavic said...

These textures are beautiful. Is this all digital?

pixzlee said...

Love it, love the mood and how it illustrates that quote so well. It's a mouthful he says! Modern translation? "Give me scurvy and call me Ishmael."

life without novacaine said...

You do pirate speak very nicely! Also pirate illos too. Love the textures! They are fab.

mike r. baker said...

Thanks, everyone! Oh, I can't take credit for the writing!!! That's Herman Melville, Ahab's final words in Moby Dick. ;) Arrrr!