I would be remiss if I did not mention that my idea of creating a drawing for every page of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick was directly inspired by a few artists that came before me.
The first was artist Zak Smith's project illustrating every page of Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow which you can see here.
The second is an ongoing attempt to illustrate every page of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian being undertaken by the artists Shawn Cheng, Zak Smith, Matt Wiegle, Sean McCarthy, John Mejias and Craig Taylor. While not yet complete, this impressive endeavor can be seen here.
While others have probably attempted similar projects, these are the two which directly inspired me to begin my own. I owe those artists and authors a debt of gratitude.