Friday, June 09, 2006

Master & Commander

As some of you know, I'm a huge fan of Master & Commander: Far Side of the World, a 2003 film based on Patrick O'Brian's book series. In my opinion, it's one of the most underrated and well-made movies of the past decade. So here's my artistic tribute to the world of Jack Aubrey. I tried to give it a nice mixture of O'Brian and Gould. ;)

For a limited time, I'm selling matte prints of this piece. They're on 8.5"x11" cardstock and are $5 a piece plus $4 shipping (if you order more than one print, shipping is still only $4). I'll sign 'em for ya too, and throw in one of my new postcard-size promo cards.

Send Paypal payments to, or if you'd prefer sending me a check or money order, send 'em to Grant Gould, 1769 Lexington Ave. N. #156, Roseville, MN 55113.


At 11:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't like that movie at all. I have never been so bored by a film in my life.
However this is a very eye catching piece of art, it is nice to see you put as much detail into the background as you do the characters. I like the colours too, something about immediatley tells you what era the movie is set in & that it is about the sea.
At first I thought it was POTC, it would be cool to see you draw Captian Jack Sparrow. I can just imagine what it would look like.

At 11:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 11:33 PM, Blogger Grant Gould said...

I've heard a lot of people say they were bored by the movie, and honestly, if that genre isn't your thing, I can see where it might drag. :) But for me personally, it was just an absolutely gorgeous, engrossing movie. I loved it. I really hope they continue the franchise.

Either way, I appreciate the compliments! I have to confess, I didn't create the map in the background -- If I'd had more time I probably would've tried to recreate it myself, but this was just something I did for fun between working hours, and I wasn't happy with any of my fonts, so I scanned in an existing map and I think it does the trick.

As for Jack Sparrow, I may just have a drawing of him coming in the near future. :)

At 7:10 AM, Blogger Checkmark said...

Wow, this is really awesome Grant.

At 8:26 AM, Blogger Pablowapsi said...

I love that movie (definitely in my top ten) and your art is gorgeous as always! :D

At 3:11 PM, Blogger Grant Gould said...

Thanks, guys!

At 6:36 PM, Blogger Laura McD said...

awesome peice...agreed

Captain Jack Sparrow...hell yes!

one month until the new Pirates comes out!

=) =) =)

At 8:55 AM, Anonymous michael said...

Very cool, and I like that you have branched out to another franchise. I saw the movie once, and enjoyed it.

Captain Jack is back in a few short weeks! :-)

At 4:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like very much Master and Commander, but I have a question about your picture, who is the lady?

At 4:50 PM, Blogger Grant Gould said...

thanks :) the lady is just someone i made up. figured maybe it's one of the characters they encounter.. i seem to remember there being mention of a love interest, but i'm forgetting her name... anyway, it could be her. heh

At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that picture; I've read all of the Patrick O'Brian Aubrey/Maturin series (21 books), and I've always struggled to fix a picture of Jack Aubrey in my head. As for the woman, it might perhaps be Clarissa Oakes, or Louisa Wogan (although she is supposed to have black hair).

The movie is absolutely brilliant too, but it does help to have read the books when watching the movie, it clears up some of the "in jokes".

Anyway, great picture!

At 8:11 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

I know it's like, a year later, but are these still available?

At 9:30 PM, Blogger Grant Gould said...

Hehe :) Sure, I still have some prints of it.. Just give me a shout at grantgould at (or go ahead and Paypal to that addy).

At 12:38 AM, Blogger Gunfighter said...

Do you have any of these left?????

I loved the books, and I loved the movie.


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