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Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page

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In 2009, Matt Kish had an idea, a dream, a plan. Every day he would read a page from Moby-Dick, choose one passage, and then create an image based on the text — for all 552 pages! A year and a half later his epic quest came to an end, and Portland's Tin House agreed to publish the whole collection. Moby-Dick in Pictures feels like a psychological journey, with Kish playing the role of both Ishmael the Chronicler and Ahab the Obsessive. I feel lucky just to be an observer on this extraordinary ride.
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Publisher Comments:

Inspired by one of the world's greatest novels, Ohio artist Matt Kish set out on an epic voyage of his own one day in August 2009. More than one hundred and fifty years following the original publication of Moby-Dick, Kish began illustrating Herman Melville's classic, creating images based on text selected from every page of the 552-page Signet Classics paperback edition. Completely self-taught, Kish refused to set any boundaries for the artwork and employed a deliberately low-tech approach in response to the increasing popularity of born-digital art and literature. He used found pages torn from old, discarded books, as well as a variety of mediums, including ballpoint pen, marker, paint, crayon, ink, and watercolor. By layering images on top of existing words and images, Kish has crafted a visual masterpiece that echoes the layers of meaning in Melville's narrative. In retrospect, Kish says he feels as foolhardy as Ishmael, the novel's narrator, and as obsessed as Captain Ahab in his quest for the great white whale. "I see now that the project was an attempt to fully understand this magnificent novel, to walk through every sun-drenched word, to lift up all the hatches and open all the barrels, to smell, taste, hear, and see every seabird, every shark, every sailor, every harpooner, and every whale," he says. "It was a hard thing, a very painful thing, but the novel now lives inside me in a away it never could have before." Kish spent nearly every day for eighteen months toiling away in a small closet he converted into an art studio. In order to share the work with family and friends, he started the blog "One Drawing for Every page of Moby-Dick," where he posted art and brief description about his process on a daily basis.

Synopsis:

Refusing to set any boundaries, Matt Kish uses a wide variety of materials, including found paper, ballpoint pens, markers, paint, crayons, ink, and watercolors to create art inspired by lines from every single page of the 552-page Signet Classics edition of Moby-Dick. A hallmark of the project has been his use of pages torn from old, discarded books. Layering images on top of existing words and images, Kish has crafted a work that aptly echoes the layers of meaning in Melville’s narrative. His approach is deliberately low-tech, a counterresponse to the increasing popularity of born-digital art and literature. Kish spent nearly every day for 18 months toiling away in a small closet converted into an art studio. In order to easily share each image with friends and family, he started the blog One Drawing for Every Page of Moby-Dick and posted art and brief posts about the process on a daily basis.

Synopsis:

A collection of illustrations inspired by lines from every single page of the 552-page Signet Classics paperback edition of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick

Synopsis:

Inspired by one of the worldand#8217;s greatest novels, Ohio artist Matt Kish set out on an epic voyage of his own one day in August 2009. More than one hundred and fifty years following the original publication of Moby-Dick, Kish began illustrating Herman Melvilleand#8217;s classic, creating an image a day over the next eighteen months based on text selected from every page of the 552-page Signet Classics paperback edition. Completely self-taught, Kish refused to set any boundaries for the artwork and employed a deliberately low-tech approach in response to the increasing popularity of born-digital art and literature. He used found pages torn from old, discarded books, as well as a variety of mediums, including ballpoint pen, marker, paint, crayon, ink, and watercolor. By layering images on top of existing words and images, Kish has crafted a visual masterpiece that echoes the layers of meaning in Melvilleand#8217;s narrative.

About the Author

Matt Kish was born in 1969 and lives in the middle of Ohio. After stints as a cafeteria cook, a hospital registrar, a bookstore manager, and an English teacher, he ended up as a librarian. He draws as often as he can, often with whatever he can find. He has tried his hand at 35mm black-and-white photography (with real film and real chemicals), making comics and zines, a bit of collage, and lots of pen and ink. Moby-Dick is his favorite novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781935639121
Subtitle:
One Drawing for Every Page
Publisher:
Tin House Books
Author:
Kish, Matt
Subject:
Individual Artist
Subject:
Art - Artists
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20111004
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
552 color illustrations
Pages:
600
Dimensions:
8 x 10 in

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"Staff Pick" by ,

In 2009, Matt Kish had an idea, a dream, a plan. Every day he would read a page from Moby-Dick, choose one passage, and then create an image based on the text — for all 552 pages! A year and a half later his epic quest came to an end, and Portland's Tin House agreed to publish the whole collection. Moby-Dick in Pictures feels like a psychological journey, with Kish playing the role of both Ishmael the Chronicler and Ahab the Obsessive. I feel lucky just to be an observer on this extraordinary ride.

"Synopsis" by ,
Refusing to set any boundaries, Matt Kish uses a wide variety of materials, including found paper, ballpoint pens, markers, paint, crayons, ink, and watercolors to create art inspired by lines from every single page of the 552-page Signet Classics edition of Moby-Dick. A hallmark of the project has been his use of pages torn from old, discarded books. Layering images on top of existing words and images, Kish has crafted a work that aptly echoes the layers of meaning in Melville’s narrative. His approach is deliberately low-tech, a counterresponse to the increasing popularity of born-digital art and literature. Kish spent nearly every day for 18 months toiling away in a small closet converted into an art studio. In order to easily share each image with friends and family, he started the blog One Drawing for Every Page of Moby-Dick and posted art and brief posts about the process on a daily basis.
"Synopsis" by , A collection of illustrations inspired by lines from every single page of the 552-page Signet Classics paperback edition of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick
"Synopsis" by ,
Inspired by one of the worldand#8217;s greatest novels, Ohio artist Matt Kish set out on an epic voyage of his own one day in August 2009. More than one hundred and fifty years following the original publication of Moby-Dick, Kish began illustrating Herman Melvilleand#8217;s classic, creating an image a day over the next eighteen months based on text selected from every page of the 552-page Signet Classics paperback edition. Completely self-taught, Kish refused to set any boundaries for the artwork and employed a deliberately low-tech approach in response to the increasing popularity of born-digital art and literature. He used found pages torn from old, discarded books, as well as a variety of mediums, including ballpoint pen, marker, paint, crayon, ink, and watercolor. By layering images on top of existing words and images, Kish has crafted a visual masterpiece that echoes the layers of meaning in Melvilleand#8217;s narrative.

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