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Amphigorey by Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey is one of the finest pen and ink illustrators to grace this earth.  Not only is he a fine artist, he is perhaps an even better author; infusing humor with morbid darkness that always comes close to crossing the line but never quite takes us there.  He is wickedly clever combining both of his talents, letting his written word reveal bits of the story and always allowing the accompanying penned illustrations to add further texture to the storytelling into ones imagination.

His most recognized work is “The Gashlycrumb Tinies”; a poem which follows 26 unlucky children through the alphabet, each one with an untimely ending.

A is for Amy who fell down the stairs.  B is for Basil assaulted by bears.  C is for Clara who wasted away.

It does sound awful indeed, but what Mr. Gorey is able to do is keep the reader engaged by illustrating the images right before the traumatic act. “E is for earnet who choked on a peach”.  ”How dreadful” you think to yourself, but the image is a smiling well-to-do young man sitting at his table about to eat a fresh, ripe, juicy peach.  you then think, “Oh this poor boy… he has no idea whats about to happen.”  Then you quickly turn the next page to see what happens to “F”.

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Edward Gorey On Creating

Usually after one or two drawings for a book, I have a sense of whether I’ve made a false start, if I’ve begun something I can’t carry out adequately, or if I can think of something better.

~Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey On Drawing

I have never understood how artists can bear to be surrounded by their own work. Mine goes out of sight as soon as it is finished and in most cases never really looked at again.

~Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey On Imagination

I have no conscious visual imagination whatever, or at least I have no idea what the drawing will look like until it is done, which is just as well, because I would be so depressed by the difference between ideal and real that I would probably have never started drawing at all as a regular thing. When I do have to try and visualize before drawing for one reason or another—perhaps an illustration that has to have a certain number of elements in it—I tend to become paralyzed, and the results are usually terrible. I manage to function by suppressing any consciousness of my mental images until they are on paper.

~Edward Gorey