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By Matt Kish

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

encouraged by means of 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 e-book of Moby-Dick, Kish started illustrating Herman Melville’s vintage, growing photos 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 art and hired a intentionally low-tech procedure in line with the expanding approval for born-digital paintings and literature. He used stumbled on pages torn from previous, discarded books, in addition to numerous mediums, together with ballpoint pen, marker, paint, crayon, ink, and watercolor. via layering photographs on most sensible of latest phrases and pictures, Kish has crafted a visible masterpiece that echoes the layers of that means in Melville’s narrative. on reflection, 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 was once an try to absolutely comprehend this superb novel, to stroll via each sun-drenched note, to boost up all of the hatches and open the entire barrels, to sniff, style, listen, and notice each seabird, each shark, each sailor, each harpooner, and each whale,” he says. “It was once a troublesome factor, a truly 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 paintings studio. in an effort to 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 artwork and short description approximately his method every day.

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