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Moby-Dick by sinnelius Moby-Dick by sinnelius
Had I knew abit less, the girl who dropped the book would look just like my sister when she was 7, nothing more. But I read the shorter version of Moby-Dick, that had removed the many backstories, inbetween dramas, and the more complex themes of Gods, good and evil interpreted by Herman Melville's stylized language of metaphors and symbolism. Leaving Ishmael to tell only of Ahab and his struggle with the enigmatic Moby-Dick. Until this very moment, i have not read the original Moby-Dick.

So what had gone through this girl's eyes while reading this? Is she Ishmael there? or is she Ahab? Or perhaps she is Ariel, like the dress she wear, chasing the depth of the sea to save her friend flounder, amidst the rage of Moby-Dick? Or perhaps it is an alternate story that tells Ahab in his earlier days, with her as Ariel looking for her father's trident that is stuck in Moby-Dick's throat, driving it to madness? Or perhaps, she is the Moby-Dick there? Or maybe even the Pequod herself?

I would have no idea. Afterall, what is a city to a child's dream and imagination? Maybe sandcastles on the moon.


Submitting this for the contest.
Working with a new technique. Lots of different brushes, less blending and abit of blur(accidentally blurred a merged layer, shoot!). Experiment with colors and mood. Hard to control yet, but fun to do. I really need to do more painting though.

Critiques and Comments are welcome!
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ChloeLeGard Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is mesmerizing 
mrwilson1965 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, I've been out of the Art Circle for many year's, due to loss of focus.
Anyhow, I'm like an Old Dog, can't keep me away.. I recently drew a face, pencil.
I have a bit of interest in color, painting particularly.
Thanks, for sharing.
sinnelius Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013   Filmographer
Loss of focus? I don't quite get it but...hey, welcome to deviantart.

Glad you like it.
UnstoppableCOW Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
very nice :D
sinnelius Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013   Filmographer
Thank you!
UnstoppableCOW Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
KathyRose Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
This is wonderful! Moby-Dick is my favourite book and you captured it perfectly :) 
sinnelius Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Filmographer
Thanks! I find it interesting after reading the abridged version...and now i can't even go through the first chapter of the real thing.
One-for-the-birds Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student General Artist
I read the abridged when I was a kid, and loved it. This really captures the feel of the story!
sinnelius Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013   Filmographer
Abridged? Yes, me too! :)
It was exciting, and so so fast.
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