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Sunday, October 21, 2007


Often, in the field of visual development, we work on projects that never see the light of day. That was the case with the ill-fated, Moby Dick (from the whale's point of view) at DreamWorks. At first, when I was asked to help develop it with directors Paul & Gaëtan Brizzi, I though it was a joke. After all, it was a throw away line from Wag the Dog. But After working on it for a while, I came to realize it had a lot of potential...if done right. Unfortunately, the studio lost faith in the project, and shelved it.

Here's some work I did for the show. Sadly, this is probably the only place you'll ever see it.





Layout: Paul & Gaëtan Brizzi



Layout: Paul & Gaëtan Brizzi



Craig Mackay said...

Wow! Awesome work. Really inspirational! Thanks for all the commentary as well.

shahen said...

Dude!! Very nice

Edwin Rosell said...


Edwin Rosell said...

I know I just commented but I just wanted to let you know that I think I just set the record for how many expletives a person can rattle off in a minute.
Amazing stuff! Thank you for sharing these.

Bill Robinson said...

Paul, these are incredible! So Dreamworks would shelve a project this beautiful and make SharkTale instead...

A. Riabovitchev said...

Simply WOW!

Tom Scholes said...

Your work is so incredibly inspiring to me, would love to see some progress shots if you ever have the time.

Too bad this project didn't carry, seems like it would have been a nice change of pace for the industry.

Jared Shear said...

Beautiful transition of technique from traditional to where the digital has maintained a lot of the same energy and feel as some of the acrylics you've posted.

Do you work prefer working with Painter or Photoshop or a combo of both?

Bao Pham said...

These are beautiful!
You put Painter to great use with these paintings. So sad they shelved it.
Do you save steps of your painting? It would be absolutely amazing to see how you approach a painting:]

Paul Lasaine said...

I've gotten a few requests for paintings in progress. I don't have any, but I'll try to keep it in mind for future work.

Paul Lasaine said...

Painter or Photoshop? I tend to use Photoshop more, but I do enjoy painter from time to time. I confess, I don't know painter all that well. I have a few favorite techniques which I use over and over, but I'm by no means an expert. I think what I like best about Painter is the ability (with some brushes) to put down paint and smear it in the same stroke. As far as I know, Photoshop can't do that. (If anyone's figured that out on Photoshop, please let us all know.

Billy George said...

Awesome. I love that stuff.

Mark McDonnell said...

AWESOME, great atmospheric sense of water and coolness. Great scale as well, beautiful work Paul,


Shuku said...

Paul, these are -gorgeous- and yes, they rate more Good Lords. *picks jaw up from floor and hinges it back again so she doesn't flood the floor with drool*

That acrylic of Moby Dick destroying that ship is amazing. Just -amazing-. And so is the Spirit of the Ocean, I'd put those on my wall above the computer and just keep -staring- at them and purr.

And thank you for visiting and the lovely kind words! I'm not -quite- such a writing machine, honest, just totally random and hung up on guppies...

Guppy guppy guppy!

Marcelo Vignali said...

Very dark and moody colors. It's perfect for the story. Moby Dick is my all time favorite book. I read it twice (back to back) when I was in junior high.

SIM-R said...

Again Paul......inspiring .
Beautiful stuff .

Vladimir Bursać said...

Thank you very much for posting such a wonderful images.

Absolutely brilliant!


Ramses said...

Awesome art work! I love it!

Philip Dimitriadis said...

What a shame I have not been able to see this work anywhere else. Absolutely fantastic!!! Thanks for sharing Paul.

Dave W. said...

As a long time fan of Moby Dick, I had to say that these images are phenomenal, especially the acryllic of MD flipping the boat... completely blows me away.

Thanks so much for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Dear Paul
These images are SO stunning. Congratulations on capturing the essence of the ineffable, sublime whale.
We have a theatre company in Australia called "White Whale Theatre" and we were wondering rather audaciously if you would mind if we used one of your pics on our website. We would accredit it to you and link to your blog here?
We are a not-for-profit theatre collective run by mad young Ahabs in their mid-20s, so there's no corporate power behind us, just a love for art, theatre and great writing.

Many thanks!

David Mence
Artistic Director
White Whale Theatre

Mark McDonnell said...

Alright I have a question as to how you handled the digital painting of the underwater imagery? In particular the third image from the bottom. How did you approach this piece, it's such a different style of painting than what I am used to seeing, and I'm at a loss for trying to figure it out. Is it that you used a softer less crisp detail? Or a smear tool to pull the edges? My simple mind tells me . . . I'm clueless. I know a good magician does not tell his secrets but any help would be appreciated.



Anonymous said...

The first one is now my desktop, amazing work.

MegDC said...

Gorgeous work. I have posted a link at

Ishmael said...

I would like to use this art for a small graduate project I have to do. Also, would like to inquire about a commission piece using Ishmael from the Bible and Moby Dick.

Erica said...

So wonderful! My Library (Johnson County Library) is hosting an online Moby-Dick discussion, and I would love to use one of your images for our blog header--would you give us permission to do so (and of course we'd attribute the image and link back to your work)?
The Moby-Dick discussion will launch in January and it's related to our courier truck ad campagin seen here on flickr.

Best wishes,

j.aime said...

I agreed.
Superb work, that whale is my best childhood memory.

GoForkYourself said...

damn these are amazing pictures. i really love moby dick and it's a real shame this project was never picked up.

amazing work nonetheless.

Adventures with Children said...

Truly amazing! Are there more images? I am so sorry it was shelved. It's such a great story.

Angeline Hazime said...

Truly amazing work, Paul, and inspiring. Which school did you go to for illustration?


Unknown said...

Hey Paul,

I thought that you might want to know that someone has stolen one of your “Moby Dick” images and is putting it on T-shirts to sell (the one with Moby rearing up and overturning the whale boat). I found this on Flickr today and immediately recognized it, as I’m an artist who paints whales and dolphins and I’ve done many portraits of Moby myself over the years, so I’m always looking at how other artists interpret the story and I really loved your sketches when I found them a couple of years ago. To see what I’m talking about, go to . I hope that you can find a way to get in touch with this guy and get him to stop.

Rick Pearson
Leviathan Productions

Unknown said...


It's happened again. Now an eBook publisher has stolen the same image and used it as the cover for an eBook version of the novel. My guess is that they just found it somewhere on-line, with no clue as to the origins of the image, and didn't think twice about using it. The publisher is Dunda Books, but when I go to their main web site, all I find is a bunch of disclaimers and an email address, so good luck on tracking them down and putting a stop to this. The URL I'm sending to you is for buying it on Amazon; go to .

Rick Pearson

Steve Hills said...

I am so incredibly impressed by your Moby Dick work. I am a high school English teacher, and Moby Dick is one of my favorite novels. Your work really brings the novel to life, and it is sad that Dreamworks shelved the project.