Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page

By Matt Kish

A selection of illustrations encouraged via strains from each web page of the 552-page Signet Classics paperback version of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick

encouraged via one of many world’s maximum novels, Ohio artist Matt Kish set out on an epic voyage of his personal someday in August 2009. multiple hundred and fifty years following the unique booklet of Moby-Dick, Kish all started illustrating Herman Melville’s vintage, developing photographs in keeping with textual content chosen from each web page of the 552-page Signet Classics paperback variation. thoroughly self-taught, Kish refused to set any obstacles for the paintings and hired a intentionally low-tech method based on the expanding acclaim for born-digital artwork and literature. He used discovered pages torn from outdated, discarded books, in addition to various mediums, together with ballpoint pen, marker, paint, crayon, ink, and watercolor. through layering pictures on most sensible of present phrases and photographs, Kish has crafted a visible masterpiece that echoes the layers of which means in Melville’s narrative. looking back, Kish says he feels as foolhardy as Ishmael, the novel’s narrator, and as obsessed as Captain Ahab in his quest for the nice white whale. “I see now that the venture used to be an try to totally comprehend this fantastic novel, to stroll via each sun-drenched observe, to raise up all of the hatches and open all of the barrels, to sniff, flavor, pay attention, and notice each seabird, each shark, each sailor, each harpooner, and each whale,” he says. “It was once a troublesome factor, a really painful factor, however the novel now lives within me in a away it by no means can have before.” Kish spent approximately each day for eighteen months toiling away in a small closet he switched over into an artwork studio. on the way to percentage the paintings with friends and family, he all started the weblog “One Drawing for each web page of Moby-Dick,” the place he published paintings and short description approximately his procedure every day.

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Seventy five” 12/08/09 ninety eight intervening time, overseeing the opposite a part of the send, Captain Peleg ripped and swore astern within the such a lot frightful demeanour. coloured PENCIL, INK AND MARKER ON chanced on PAPER eleven” x 7. 25” 12/09/09 ninety nine That used to be my first kick. coloured PENCIL AND MARKER ON stumbled on PAPER eight. 25” x eleven” 12/10/09 a hundred As for Peleg himself, he took it extra like a thinker; yet for all his philosophy, there has been a tear twinkling in his eye, while the lantern got here too close to. ACRYLIC PAINT, INK AND SPRAY PAINT ON chanced on PAPER eight.

An arm and a leg! —an arm that by no means can curb, d’ye see; and a leg that by no means can run. ” ACRYLIC PAINT, CHARCOAL AND INK ON came across PAPER 10. seventy five” × 7. seventy five” 10/24/10 423 “Presently up breaches from the ground of the ocean a bouncing nice whale, with a milky-white head and hump, all crows’ ft and wrinkles. ” ACRYLIC PAINT AND INK ON stumbled on PAPER 10. seventy five” x 15. five” 10/25/10 424 “... the whale’s tail looming immediately up out of it, perpendicular within the air, like a marble steeple.

Seventy five” x nine” 11/18/09 seventy nine ... and Heaven have mercy on us all—Presbyterians and Pagans alike—for we're all someway dreadfully cracked concerning the head, and unfortunately want mending. INK ON discovered PAPER eleven” x 7. five” 11/21/09 eighty Apoplexy! INK, MARKER AND PENCIL ON chanced on PAPER eight” x eleven” 11/21/09 eighty one ... and there, strong heavens! there sat Queequeg, altogether cool and self-collected; correct in the course of the room; squatting on his hams, and protecting Yojo on most sensible of his head. He seemed neither a method nor the opposite direction, yet sat like a carved snapshot with scarce an indication of energetic existence.

And additionally he had guaranteed us that cousin Hosea, as he known as him, used to be recognized for his chowders. INK ON stumbled on PAPER 6. seventy five” x eight. five” 10/09/09 sixty three i used to be known as from those reflections by means of the sight of a freckled girl with yellow hair and a yellow dress, status within the porch of the lodge, less than a lifeless pink lamp swinging there, that regarded very like an injured eye... BALLPOINT PEN, INK AND MARKER ON chanced on PAPER 6. seventy five” x eight. five” 10/09/09 sixty four I observed Hosea’s brindled cow feeding on fish remnants, and marching alongside the sand with every one foot in a cod’s decapitated head...

So there is not any earthly approach of checking out accurately what the whale fairly appears like. MARKER ON discovered PAPER nine” x 12” 05/26/10 260 His jets are erect, complete, and black like soot... INK AND MARKER ON stumbled on PAPER five” x 7. seventy five” 05/27/10 261 And the entire whereas the thick-lipped Leviathan is speeding in the course of the deep, leaving hundreds tumultuous white curds in his wake... ACRYLIC PAINT, CHARCOAL, coloured PENCIL, INK AND PENCIL ON discovered PAPER eight. five” × eleven” 05/28/10 262 it's a quiet noon-scene one of the isles of the Pacific; a French whaler anchored, inshore, in a peaceful, and lazily taking water on board...

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