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Graphite and collage on board
20” x 30”

Gravestown graphic novel

Main Portrait
Emma, the main protagonist

Graphite on 130g Snowdon white cartridge paper
Hand made paper

Book Extracts:
Medieval manuscript Written in a Gothic hand with Interlinear gloss annotations
A mysterious manuscript found within the pages of a copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (this printing of the book had the title shortened to Alice in Wonderland). The ambiguity and the fact that the manuscript was found in that particular title was nicely symbolic of Emma’s journey into a completely different and mysterious world.
Medieval handwriting
The predominant aesthetic of Gravestown is medieval. A number of the locations are based on the surviving fourteenth and fifteenth century streets and buildings of York with additional gothic architecture added on.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, opening paragraphs.

Graphic Novel Extract:
by Roger Gibson and Vincent Danks, Page 1, pages 6-7, background illustration


When I thought about how to actually depict Gravestown I took the approach that the place itself was a living entity. It’s inhabitants were as varied as they were strange and the environment needed to be a suitable habitat for these people and creatures. Gravestown accommodates the variety by adapting it’s various regions to suit those that occupy it. It also has a strange preference for what fills those environs and a whimsical liking for whatever building or object takes its fancy. Familiar landmarks may be unrecognisable for being surrounded or even fused with contrasting or contradictory buildings and objects.
When Emma arrives, every aspect of Gravestown is an assault on the senses; every street, building and life form must be assessed and evaluated, initially as a way of accepting their reality but subsequently as a way to determine the extent of their threat.

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