Classics Illustrated – Gouache and ink in a Watercolour Moleskine
If you are as old as I am you will remember this series of comics from around fifty years ago. It is now possible to buy reprints in an up to date series and I purchased some a few days ago. One of these is Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” the cover can be seen on this link:
I’ve tried to copy a scene from one of the pages since I think the artwork there is brilliant.
I’ve also received other copies from John in Wisconsin who got me copies of the original volumes which can be seen here:
The Moby Dick scene uses three colours and some line work. It took me around two hours so you must wonder how long the original BOOK took to illustrate. This is the scene where a frightened crew cowers as a ferocious storm hits the Pequod. Lightening strikes and the phenomenon, which Melville called “Corposants” and which is commonly called “St Elmo’s Fire” lights up Ahab’s lance and he used this a sign to encourage the crew to join him in the hunt for Moby Dick.
Brilliant stuff. The scripts follow the original author accurately and the illustrations are superb. Try to get a hold of some of these.