Artist Reimagines Edward Gorey’s ‘The Gushlycrumb Tinies’ In a 36-days Type Challenge

Romanian illustrator and calligraphy enthuziast Ioana Harasim (HARA) recently joined the 36 days of type challenge, a project that allows graphic artists around the world to express their love for typography and written word. And now her whole-month creativity fruits are ready for harvest. For the matter, Hara chose to recreate the atmosphere of Edward Gorey’s delicious dark-humored alphabet book ‘The Gushlycrumb Tinies’.


“This is my reinterpretation of ‘The Guslycrumb Tinies’. I love the fact that it challenged me to think of illustrations that fit the shape of letters and described the verse at the same time”, she says on her Behance profile. I say it simply kicks ass! As you might see already, the whole remix could easily pass as original work of Gorey’s Tim Burton/Lewis Carroll-ish illustrated book. A suitable new font for the ‘Babadook’ screenplay.


I would go even further saying that only the idea of compressing the whole meaning of a surreal image in one letter is more creative than the original book itself. It looks like it wasn’t a burden, you know, coming up with a clever character everyday for a month. And I’m probably right about it. “This has been an enjoyable experience for me for I really like Gorey’s dark humor.”

Here are some more of them illustrations:

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See the entire series here. Follow Hara on Facebook, Tumblr and Behance for more surreal sketches.

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Romanian self-taught writer, based in Cyprus, interested in contemporary art, unconventional culture and gonzo journalism. Writing for almost a decade, he is agnostic, supports a censorship-free society and reads way less than he wants.

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