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Magazine spread for Melville's most famous novel
The First Lowering - Herman Melville

It is somewhat amazing to me to think how Herman Melville's masterpiece of a novel was underrated during its own time. For some reason, his contemporaries preferred his earlier "true life" tale Typee. In any event, this inspirational novel was the basis for an imagined magazine spread. Since many 19th century novels were serialized, it's not impossible to think of Melville's book appearing in a format like this. Everything about this image was designed by myself. The portrait is a digital painting, framed and then photographed. I'm very pleased with the layout on the right-hand side of this spread.