Wednesday, June 17, 2009

EHAG Edward Gorey WIP

The Eclectic Halloween Artists Group is having another challenge for it's members and you need to go give everything being offered by this group on eBay a look!! The challenge this time was Edward Gorey, American illustrator, author, and playwright....which if you are a Halloween or PBS Mystery buff, you will recognize his pen and ink work immediately.

My piece isn't finished yet. I thought I would try to combine my paper mache work and cover the surface with pen and ink instead of paint. This is the culmination of 8 hours of working with two India Ink XS tip pens that I completely used up. I had no idea that even with burnishing and priming the paper mache ball how hard it would be on the ink pen tips. I used a Monkey-Cats Studio spider web and sky at the top of the piece and added a Ms. Moon on one side and a "Gorey" cat (with a Monkey-Cats' twist) on a monument stone on the other side. I still easily have another 8 to 12 hours of work on this little guy and I'm currently evaluating why I thought this would be the way to go for the challenge.

What I came up with is that I'm just crazy for working on an irregular curved textured surface and obvious like to push the limitations of the medium I'm working in. Plus it has been years since I worked in pen and ink, so kind of like a woman who has given birth I forgot about the time involved and any pain involved in the process.

The kitty looks a little scared of me!!! Giggle!

I'll post the finished product and auction link when I finish.

Have a great day!


Amy H. said...

oooooouuuu...I LOVE this...It would look so lovely next to my other Monkey-Cats...I hope you are well...I know you are busy...Sorry it has been a while since I've left you a little Hello Friend....Great Work..

Sonia ;) said...


Let me just say.......OMG WOW...that is incredible...Im speechless...out of pen artists (Chris dont look)..That is absolutely STUNNING...sppechless...ok not totallyspeechless cuz I know your amazing...

Sonia ;)

Gourdqueen said...

I can't say anything Laurie, my mouth is hanging open in total amazement. It is sooooo Monkey-Cat you! What an interesting technique!
That piece deserves a SCREAM!
Did you see the award I left you?

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

This piece is looking amazing! Can't wait to see the finished art:)

Halloween Fanatic said...

ohhhh...I'm looking and I'm liking!! That is an awesome piece-me wants the precious!!!

Designs By CK said...


mE :-)

Phillane E'lee said...

LOVE IT! It is so unique and that is what I love about it. You certainly challenge yourself don't ya sweetie!

Patty Benedict said...

Mr. Gorey would be soooo proud!
Wonderful details!!!
Bugs & hisses

Brandi McKenna said...

Hi Laurie! This has got to be hard work, being overly familiar with paper mache spheres myself, I see you've really worked hard to get the texture smooth enough to pen and ink on! WOW! I just loved the (painted?) ornament you sent to the convention and everyone was drawn to it. Sppoktacular!!!

Carolee said...

LOVE this, Laurie!! Too cool!!

~ Carolee

M.M.E. said...

That is so cool! As a fellow pen and ink artist, it's a pleasure to have stumbled upon your work. I've never worked on a 3D surface but now I have a great urge to. Thanks for the inspiration.

Coffeelatte said...

Absolutely, fantastically beautiful. You are creating such a fittingly different tribute to Gorey. Can't wait to see the finished product!