A friend recently asked me to draw a picture to be included in her book. The original drawing was a bit light, so I added some crosshatching to make it a bit more detailed and darker.
Happily she liked the results, and so did I.
The drawing reminded me of something, but I could not put my finger on it. I walked away to get the phone and when I came back it hit me...it reminded me of Edward Gorey.
Please do not think I am comparing my skills to the incredible skills of Mr. Gorey, but it was neat to see a bit of similarity in style. His work fascinated me since I was a kid when my Aunt Annie got his book AMPHIGOREY for Christmas one year. I was especially intrigued by the cartoons that were captioned in French thinking they must be especially terrible. I read that he has been compared to Poe and Tim Burton, or a combination of the two.
His work is dark, beautiful, and disturbing, and my parents worried that I liked him and the group KISS. The Bug Book was written just for kids, but lacked his dark edge, so it was not my favorite.
A favorite of mine was his alphabet book. These books were traditionally a happy and cheerful way for children to learn their A,B,C's. Gorey's version was dark and macabre and so far away from child-appropriate that it was glorious. Here is a sample:
A is for Amy who fell down the stairs--
B is for Basil assaulted by bears--
C is for Clara who wasted away--
D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh...
Bloody and dismal pictures graced every page.
You get the idea.
The aforementioned Amphigorey contains fifteen of his works, and is worthy of any library.
So if you like dark, dismal, creepy, disturbing and wonderful--look for Edward Gorey. I am so glad I thought of him today. :)
A very nice blog that features Gorey's pictures up-close and creepy:
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