Creative Habits: Illustrating a Favorite Book a Page at a Time

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In 2011, Moby Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page by Matt Kish was published. If you missed it, go to your local library or bookstore today and pick up a copy.  Why? Because if you are looking to establish a creative habit, this is so inspirational on many levels …

  • Matt Kish is a self-taught artist (day job – English teacher).
  • In 2009, he began producing one drawing every day for each page in the Signet Classics paperback edition of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.  That’s 552 pieces of art.
  • He uses a variety of materials and techniques, including pen and ink on found paper,  ballpoint pen on found paper, watercolors on paper … In other words, he did not go out on a buying spree to get all the materials he needed (at least I don’t think he did) and instead looked around at what was on hand for the most part and got onto creating art and experimenting with techniques. I have to believe he felt like a kid again, especially as he got into the flow of the project.

The end result is a wonderful, captivating book that is exciting to look at – I finally stopped counting which illustrations were my “absolute favorite” in the book! If you’ve been trying to get a family member or student to read Moby Dick, this might be the way to entice them to pick up Melville’s classic. They will get a taste of the story from the illustrations and the quote included with each drawing that inspired the art.

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So this book got me thinking, what book would I most like to illustrate? My choice, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, one of the first books I fell in love with as a kid (besides Nancy Drew).

What book would you like to illustrate? Well, get going!

To read more about Matt Kish and see what else he is up to, visit his blog here.

A side note: If you are a fan of Moby Dick and like to be read to here is another very interesting link to check out – The Moby Dick Big Read Project. Unfortunately, you may have to put everything aside and just listen because this ends around January 29th or so.

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2 Responses to “Creative Habits: Illustrating a Favorite Book a Page at a Time”

  1. Hilary Denk Says:

    I just joined Instagram to keep an eye on my daughter and find the filters so interesting, a new creative outlet. I also have a roll if film to be developed, after nearly a year if only taking phone photos and can’t wait to see how they turned out. I live the idea of sharing photos with neighbors and have been thinking about hosting a salon style evening for friends to share their creative or intellectual pursuits. Thank you for continuing to inspire.

    • Yvonne Malone Says:

      Thank you for you comment – I have yet to spend much time on Instagram but it looks really interesting and I love seeing what others have done with their photos using the various filters. What a great idea, too, for a salon-style gathering. I would be interested in hearing how this evolves.

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