Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page

By Matt Kish

A choice of illustrations encouraged through strains from each web page of the 552-page Signet Classics paperback variation of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick

encouraged through one of many world’s maximum novels, Ohio artist Matt Kish set out on an epic voyage of his personal in the future in August 2009. a couple of hundred and fifty years following the unique ebook of Moby-Dick, Kish begun illustrating Herman Melville’s vintage, growing pictures in line 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 art and hired a intentionally low-tech procedure according to the expanding approval for born-digital paintings and literature. He used chanced on pages torn from outdated, discarded books, in addition to various mediums, together with ballpoint pen, marker, paint, crayon, ink, and watercolor. through layering photographs on best of latest phrases and pictures, 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 nice white whale. “I see now that the venture was once an try to absolutely comprehend this very good novel, to stroll via each sun-drenched be aware, to boost up all of the hatches and open the entire barrels, to sniff, style, listen, and spot each seabird, each shark, each sailor, each harpooner, and each whale,” he says. “It used to be a troublesome factor, a really painful factor, however the novel now lives within 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. which will proportion 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 technique every day.

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The Sperm Whales, guided by means of a few infallible instinct—say, particularly, mystery intelligence from the Deity—mostly swim in veins, as they're referred to as: carrying on with their means alongside a given ocean-line with such undeviating exactitude, that no send ever sailed her direction, through any chart, with one tithe of such marvellous precision. INK AND MARKER ON came across PAPER 7. five” x eleven” 03/07/10 193 ... there the waves have been storied along with his deeds... INK ON stumbled on PAPER 10. seventy five” × eight. five” 03/08/10 194 ... and a chasm appeared commencing in him, from which forked flames and lightnings shot up, and accursed fiends beckoned him to jump down between them... INK AND MARKER ON came across PAPER eight” x 10. seventy five” 03/09/10 195 for this reason, the tormented spirit that glared out of physically eyes, while what appeared Ahab rushed from his room, used to be for the time yet a vacated factor, a formless somnambulistic being, a ray of residing gentle, to make sure, yet with out an item to paint, and hence a blankness in itself. CRAYON AND INK ON stumbled on PAPER 7. five” x 10. seventy five” 03/10/10 196 First: i've got individually recognized 3 situations the place a whale, after receiving a harpoon, has effected a whole break out; and, after an period (in one example of 3 years), has been back struck by way of an identical hand, and slain; whilst the 2 irons, either marked by means of a similar inner most cypher, were taken from the physique. ACRYLIC PAINT AND INK ON discovered PAPER eleven” x 7. seventy five” 03/11/10 197 used to be it now not so, O Don Miguel! thou Chilian whale, marked like an outdated tortoise with mystic hieroglyphics upon the again! INK AND MARKER ON came upon PAPER 10. seventy five” x thirteen. seventy five” 03/13/10 198 Do you believe that that terrible fellow there, who this second might be stuck via the whale-line off the coast of latest Guinea, is being carried all the way down to the ground of the ocean by means of the sounding Leviathan—do you consider that that bad fellow’s identify will look within the newspaper obituary you'll learn the following day at your breakfast? INK ON stumbled on PAPER 7. seventy five” × 10. seventy five” 03/14/10 199 The Sperm Whale is every so often sufficiently strong, figuring out, and judiciously malicious, as with direct aforethought to stave in, completely spoil, and sink a wide send; and what's extra, the Sperm Whale has performed it. ACRYLIC PAINT AND INK ON came upon PAPER 7. seventy five” × nine. five” 03/14/10 2 hundred I let you know, the Sperm Whale will stand no nonsense. ACRYLIC PAINT, coloured PENCIL AND INK ON came across PAPER 7. five” x 10. seventy five” 03/15/10 201 An unusual huge whale, the physique of which was once better than the send itself, lay nearly on the floor of the water, yet was once no longer perceived by means of anybody on board until eventually the instant while the send, which was once in complete sail, was once virtually upon him... coloured PENCIL AND INK ON came upon PAPER 7. five” × 10. five” 03/16/10 202 ... upon being attacked he'll usually open his mouth, and continue it in that dread enlargement for numerous consecutive mins. INK ON came upon PAPER 7” x four. 25” 03/18/10 203 i'm instructed, on reliable authority, that at the Barbary coast, a Commodore Davis of the British army came upon the skeleton of a Sperm Whale.

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