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Topic: Edward Gorey's Doubtful Guest  (Read 7240 times)
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« on: May 01, 2013 01:30:12 PM »

I love Edward Gorey's illustrations and rather bizarre world view, so when Knickertwist opened the Completely Ghastly Edward Gorey swap, I just had to join. I was paired with Knickers herself, which is quite an intimidating event. Plus, it's Edward Gorey! How in the world does one do him justice?

After a little research, I came upon this happy little fellow, The Doubtful Guest. The Doubtful Guest just showed up one day and moved in with a random family, who never really appreciated him being there. I love this illustration:

I made my Doubtful Guest out of paperclay, and put him on a paper mach trinket box that I painted black and white. Gorey had great handwriting, so I copied the words "Doubtful Guest" from the book and put them in a metal piece that was bent to fit the curve of the box. The scarf was simply cut from a striped knit material I had in my fabric stash.

Sharpies were used to draw on his eyes and to get the texture of his fur. Sharpies don't like drawing on paperclay; it dries them out. This I know for a fact.

This was only my second experiment with paperclay, but I'm quite pleased with it, even if my Doubtful Guest is a little chunkier than the original. I think he put on a few pounds raiding that poor family's fridge!

The gallery for The Completely Ghastly Edward Gorey Swap is amazing. Everyone made and sent awesome crafts. Click here to check it out!  Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2013 02:18:57 PM »

This is soo cool! He matches the illustration perfectly.
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2013 02:31:07 PM »

This definitely was one of my most favorite things you ever made...glad that more people will see it...also, your technique was very interesting...and the scarf was meant to be saved all those years... Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2013 04:37:02 PM »

He's great!! 

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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2013 05:14:57 PM »

Great recreation!

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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2013 06:24:01 AM »

Absolutely stunning!!  Shocked
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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2013 12:15:00 PM »

This little guy is wonderful! Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2013 11:11:39 PM »

HOLY COW, that is just about as perfect a Doubtful Guest as there could ever be!

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« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2013 08:32:19 PM »

Love this so much!

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« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2013 09:43:33 AM »

racky, he's adorable!  And it totally puts me in mind of the play, The Man Who Came to Dinner.  Wink

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