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Pen and Ink Cityscape by Ben Sack


With meticulous determination and a steady hand, artist Ben Sack picks up a black 0.05 Staedtler pigment liner pen and begins to draw the dense, intricate details of fictional cityscapes: buildings, roads, rivers and bridges. He draws until the ink runs out and picks up another pen. And another. And another. Sapping the ink from dozens of writing utensils until several months later a canvas is complete.

You can see more of his work on his website, and over on Tumblr. Prints are available here.

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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