Alice D Newman

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Currently Reading: The World of Edward Gorey

Written by Clifford Ross and Karen Wilkin

I have had this wonderful book for many years now, I purchased it from a great
comic book shop in Nottingham called Page 45, I used to go there to buy comics
and other interesting books when I was younger.

Edward Gorey has always been a source of inspiration for me, I love the dark
humour of his short stories and his quirky illustrative style. I recently read a re
print of his fantastic book ‘The Evil Garden’ and read the whole thing through
in the shop.

This book is a fantastic insight in to Gorey’s world, his inspiration, interests and
line drawing technique. A lot of his work is set in the Edwardian and Victorian
period, his work is filled with monsters, cats, bizarre creatures, children, elegantly
dressed ladies and gentlemen and the strange and often ghastly events that

Gorey’s use of texture in his illustrations has always interested me, but it wasn’t
until recently that I started looking very closely at the collection of some 200
illustrations in this book, that I became curious about how many different types
of lines he regularly used. I began to put together an Edward Gorey texture
library to record all of the different strokes and marks used to create texture,
depth and light within his work.

I also draw in a heavily textured style, and have found this book and invaluable
source for new ideas and textures to explore and experiment with. I now use
the different examples I have found within Edward Gorey’s illustrations to help
develop my technique and record all of the different lines and marks that I use
within my own drawing.

For anyone that has never encountered the work of Edward Gorey, do so! He
was a truly fantastic man.

Embroidery Project: Tove Jansson

I came across this beautiful illustration by Tove Jansson, author, painter and illustrator. She is perhaps best known for her Moomin characters from her books and comic strips.
I have always loved the Moomin illustrations, and in particular Tove’s unique drawing style.
I have found that her drawing style translates well in to embroidery and I have already embroidered two of her illustrations in black and white. I have decided that this particular illustration of Moomin, Thingumy and Bob and the kings ruby will be next embroidery piece.
The second image is the first embroidery I made of the Snorkmaiden and the Fillyjonk from Moominsummer Madness.