Monday, January 09, 2006
Charles W. Morgan pt. 9
The giant wishbone is the whale's jaw. This is another picture that is based on photoreference, and, I have to admit, I'm not really sure what this guy is doing. Getting that last bit of blubber? Scrapping meat off for his dinner? Practicing his throat-cutting technique? It doesn't look like he's cutting teeth out of the jaw to be used for scrimshaw, and that's the only reason I can think of for hauling the jawbone onto the ship.
But I can tell you that (1) the jawbone really is that big; and (2) the decks looked even gloopier and more disgusting than I've captured here.
This drawing is also the egregious example of my rope theory of compositional enhancement. That rope in the foreground makes absolutely no sense, and, looking at it now, probably wasn't the best visual choice, either. Ah, well. Live and draw and learn.