Our friend James Slater invited us to join his Moby Dick Project: his goal is to create a complete visual rendition of Moby Dick by assigning each sentence of the book to a different visual artist (animators, cartoonists, directors…). He (wisely) chose to start with chapter one, and we got ourselves this excerpt to work on:
I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts. Not ignoring what is good, I am quick to perceive a horror, and could still be social with it—would they let me—since it is but well to be on friendly terms with all the inmates of the place one lodges in.
After long nights of thinking, we decided that our script (and the project) deserved a visual treatment from a real artist: we got in touch with painter and illustrator Umberto Torricelli and explained him our script. A few weeks later he came back with stunning black and white inked drawings of strange creatures from the darkness of the deep oceans:
For one of the most impressive illustrations, the vessel in the storm, we cut out all the tentacles, tails, fins and the other strange appendages, then separated the waves and the sky to be able to animate all the elements separately.
You can see the final result here.