I actually have a bit of time off over this New Year's weekend, so I will be spending it visiting friends and family and enjoying the end of the year. Regular art posting will begin again either next Monday or Tuesday night, depending on how jarring the return to the work week is.
In the meantime, I wanted to share with you an incredible thing. Hannah Stephenson, who blogs at The Storialist, writes daily poems imspired by images found online. Somehow she came across this project and, inspired by my illustration for Page 115, she crafted an exquisite poem titled "Ships Set Out." You can read that poem at her blog here as well as a great deal of her other work.
One of the most fascinating things about this project to illustrate every page of Moby-Dick has been hearing from other people and learning how my endeavor has affected them, impacted them, or even inspired them. It is honestly a very humbling experience, but that contact means a great and it is especially thrilling when some small effort of mine can cause a greater reaction somewhere else. So hearing from Hannah and reading her poem was the best way to close out this year and the first 4 months of this project.
I hope you all have an exciting, peaceful, safe and happy New Year. I'll be back in a few days.