Friday, December 19, 2014

Introduce yourself

I know so few of the people who actually visit this blog that I thought it might be interesting if we introduced ourselves. Many of you know a great deal about me, but I am Matt Kish, a self-taught artist and librarian. I live in Ohio with my wife, our two frogs and far too many books. So please, if you would like, introduce yourself in the comments. And if you are a more private person and would choose not to, I respect that and am grateful you visit this blog.

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Two photos of some of the illustrations I am working on for poet Donna Vorreyer’s chapbook Encantado coming in 2015 from Red Bird Chapbooks. I will get these scanned soon and start posting them then.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"The Revelator" by Robert Kloss

I am truly thrilled to announce that I will be working with the writer Robert Kloss for the third time (fourth if you count our ongoing Bestiary project) on his newest novel The Revelator, coming some time in 2015 from Unnamed Press. Robert is one of three living writers I would work with at any time, for any reason, no questions asked. You can see my illustrations for his novel The Alligators of Abraham here and my illustrations for The Desert Places, co-written by Amber Sparks, here. Work on The Revelator is just getting started, but here is my first pass, a preliminary study for the cover.

Josh Bayer brings it

Josh Bayer is one of my favorite people. A phenomenal artist, a terrifyingly good cartoonist, a truly decent and honest man...they don't make them like this anymore. I've got a few pieces of Josh's art, and just about all of his comics, but that doesn't stop me from wanting more. Just yesterday I received a package containing a page from his newest comic  Mr. Incompleto (that's Mr. Incompleto in his Fist Drone), the comic itself, and a drawing of the Bushmaster from Marvel Comics' Serpent Society. Josh has got a lot of great art and great comics available in his shop, so you should truly take a look. I can attest to how good this stuff is, and you'll know that when you see it.

My art, in...

...I can't quite remember, actually. But I did immensely enjoy reading this post from the Naptime Writing blog from a writer who had purchased, framed and hung a number of my Moby-Dick illustrations. It's always interesting to see how my work intersects with the lives and thoughts of others.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014


(I have been so extraordinarily busy that forgot to post this here, even though it was posted on our Seeing Calvino tumblr almost a week ago. Apologies.)

The 37th of Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities and my thirteenth overall, Clarice. You can see the entire series of 37 illustrations so far, which includes work from fellow artists Leighton Connor and Joe Kuth, at our group art tumblr Seeing Calvino which is updated every Wednesday.

"And yet, almost nothing was lost of Clarice’s former splendor; it was all there, merely arranged in a different order, no less appropriate to the inhabitants’ needs than it had been before."

10 inches by 8 inches
ink and marker on watercolor paper
December 9, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Nate McDonough Memorial Art Collection

A few weeks ago, I decided to start a new tumblr devoted to comic book splash pages, covers, house ads and other ephemera, all from comics in my collection. I wasn’t sure what to name the tumblr, and one of the ideas was the Nate McDonough Memorial Art Collection, named after my brother-in-comics and all around tremendous human being Nate “Grixly” McDonough. Nate said he was gonna draw himself either being impaled by a longbox or with his head crushed by one, and by god he did it. And he did it WELL. Here’s the evidence.

Nate has a tumblr called Grixly you have to follow. Nate also has a store with tons of comics, zines and original art for CHEAP you should buy yourself something from here. And if you want to check out my comic art tumblr which ended up being called “Because You Demanded It!" (the idea was from my wife, the one person who I will never say no to) you can find that here.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

COMMISSION: White Whale, Blue Sea, Wood Ship

20 inches by 16 inches
ink on watercolor paper
December 3, 2014

(The finished drawing is too big for me to scan, so I did my best with a high-res photo.)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014