Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page

Matt Kish

A choice of illustrations encouraged by way of strains from each web page of the 552-page Signet Classics paperback variation 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 at some point in August 2009. multiple hundred and fifty years following the unique e-book of Moby-Dick, Kish begun illustrating Herman Melville’s vintage, growing pictures in response to textual content chosen from each web page of the 552-page Signet Classics paperback version. thoroughly self-taught, Kish refused to set any limitations for the art and hired a intentionally low-tech process based on the expanding approval for born-digital paintings and literature. He used came across pages torn from outdated, discarded books, in addition to various mediums, together with ballpoint pen, marker, paint, crayon, ink, and watercolor. by way of layering photographs on most sensible of present phrases and photographs, Kish has crafted a visible masterpiece that echoes the layers of that 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 good white whale. “I see now that the undertaking used to be an try to totally comprehend this very good novel, to stroll via each sun-drenched note, to boost up the entire hatches and open all of the barrels, to sniff, flavor, listen, and spot each seabird, each shark, each sailor, each harpooner, and each whale,” he says. “It was once a difficult factor, a really painful factor, however the novel now lives inside of me in a away it by no means may have before.” Kish spent approximately each day for eighteen months toiling away in a small closet he switched over into an artwork studio. so that it will percentage the paintings with friends and family, he all started the web publication “One Drawing for each web page of Moby-Dick,” the place he published paintings and short description approximately his strategy every day.

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