Re imagining a classic story is a challenge, especially one that has been done so many times as Moby Dick, by so many brilliant illustrators (Look up Dino Battaglia’s 1967 version!).

For my take on the illustration I choose to exaggerate the whale’s physical presence to supernatural proportions, and making the boat literally slide towards the confrontation. I then tried to offset Captain Ahab's beyond-caring body language with the crew's reluctance as the boat is about to be plunged forward.

Process pictures of this painting includes the original thumbnail and the digital color study done before painting the final piece in oil.

“The Captain” was included in the Spectrum annual of 2015.

 

The Captain

Oil on canvas