Tuesday, August 10, 2010

One Drawing for Every Page of Moby-Dick by Matt Kish: MOBY-DICK, Page 266

I'm halfway through my self-imposed summer goal of reading Moby Dick for the First Time Ever. Today, I was inspired by Melville's descriptions of "brit":
"....we fell in with vast meadows of brit, the minute, yellow substance, upon which the Right whale largely feeds. For leagues and leagues it undulated round us, so that we seemed go be sailing through boundless fields of ripe and golden wheat."
I don't know about you, but I'd never heard of brit in this context, so I googled it--brit yellow ocean Moby Dick.

Careful, Google. Be very careful.

Happily, instead of disturbing images of naked, jaundiced Englishmen, I chanced upon artist Matt Kish's blog. He's illustrating each page of Moby Dick, one page a day. After browsing through his illustrations, I thought, this guy needs a book deal. After a bit more digging around, I saw the post which announced that the publishing gurus have, indeed, chosen to smile upon this worthy endeavor. I'll be on the lookout for the book, forthcoming from Tin House.

Here's the first brit-infused image I stumbled upon. Enjoy.

One Drawing for Every Page of Moby-Dick by Matt Kish: MOBY-DICK, Page 266

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Blogger Charles Gramlich said...

Wow, that would be an undertaking indeed.

9:01 PM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Seriously. There's another project for Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow that Kish references as an inspiration. Haven't tackled that one yet.

7:15 AM  
Blogger Bookfraud said...

that is a seriously serious endeavor. i couldn't read "moby-dick," much less conjure an illustration for every page.

now gravity's rainbow, that's another matter...if you've never read pynchon, i might want to stay away from "rainbow" until you've read something else, something not so dense to make "moby-dick" look like "run, jane, run."

11:32 AM  
Blogger Lana Gramlich said...

I can't imagine doing such a thing...Heck, right now I can't even finish a simple painting!

6:05 PM  

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