Friday, August 7, 2009

Credit. And inspiration.

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.

2 comments:

  1. ...And I am gaining inspiration from you. Though I don't work in this kind of medium, I believe that creative drive can be a contagious thing and can hop not only from person to person but format to format.

    I am impressed by the work you've done so far, not only for its technical precision (even on a smaller time scale) but its unpretentious yet insane originality. Your style is unique and speaks to the quiet yet obvious intellectual drive behind everything you do.

    In an interesting coincidence, the next book on my reading list, after I finish Highsmith's 'The Talented Mr. Ripley', is 'Blood Meridian'. It's just an arm's reach away, actually.

    As well, you might have inspired a new blog. One in which I explore my biggest creative influences and why they've had such an impact on me.

    Thanks, Kish, for finally opening up your talent to the world and helping me remember the joy of exploring one's own creativity.

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  2. Brandon you are far too kind, but it is certainly gratifying to know of the effect that this endeavor and these images have had. It's been a strange experience so far because it began, and remains, such an intensely personal exploration of a book which has had such an enormous impact on me. I think one of the most intriguing aspects will be to examine how I have changed and maybe grown over the months and pages...

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