Paul Rogers is an illustrator from Pasadena, CA, whose work has spanned posters, magazines, advertising, logo design and US Postage Stamps.
But in his spare time, Paul is creating an illustrated scroll of the Jack Kerouac classic, On The Road, producing one illustration for each page of the novel.
Paul told BuzzFeed: “The idea to make a drawing for every page of a book was not mine, Matt Kish did it for Moby Dick and Zak Smith did it for Gravity's Rainbow.”
“I was thinking about how Kerouac wrote the original draft of On the Road on a long scroll of paper and thought that it might be cool to make a series of drawings that the reader scrolled through online.”
“My copy of On the Road has 310 pages and I've done 249 drawings. I've been working on this between my other assignments for a couple of years.”
“My process is pretty simple; read a chapter and look for things that I think I can make an interesting drawing of, do some research online or from my library and make the drawing in a Moleskine sketchbook.”
“I do most drawings just once, write the quote from the book, and move on."
"This helps give each drawing a spontaneous feel that kind of echoes Kerouac's writing style.”
“People seem to like (the project), I started posting sections on Drawger, a collective blog I'm on with other illustrators, and the response has been encouraging.”
“I hear from Kerouac fans from all over the world. One woman wrote to tell me that her grandmother had a crush on Jack when they were both in a high school typing class in Lowell.”
“A few publishers have expressed interest in it, so if I can finish it up, there might be a printed book version.”