About The Artwork and Drawing
Since Clowes's work as a comic artist originally brought Ghost World
to life, it's only appropriate that his artwork permeates the film, from the
hand-drawn Ghost World logo in the opening credits, to the Cook's Chicken
scrapbook, to the unicorn drawing in Enid's art class.
To create the drawings that Enid scrawls in her sketchbook, Zwigoff called on
the daughter of his longtime friend and the subject of his award-winning
documentary, Sophie Crumb. "Part of Enid's dilemma in the film is that
she's an artist," says Zwigoff. "She may not take it seriously yet,
but she does keep a sketchbook. She's very observant and sensitive and smart and
funny, and of course it's completely unappreciated by her art teacher, who sees
no value to 'lower art' like cartooning. But Dan and I were talking about how we
were going to have this sketchbook. The first thing I did was ask Thora if she
draws and she said, 'Not really.' So I asked Dan to do it and he said, 'I can't
draw like a girl. It has to be girl art; it's a totally different thing.' So we
thought of getthing Sophie Crumb to do it. She's a great artist, she already had
the sketchbooks, and they'd work well for the character with a little judicious
editing. So I called Robert and he said he'd ask her, and she was actually very
excited about doing it. We used mostly drawings of hers that already existed,
but she had to make some especially for the film as well."
Communicating by mail, Zwigoff and Clowes sent Sophie Crumb photos of Don Knotts
(who graciously agreed to allow the filmmakers to use his image), Brad Renfro,
and some of the other people Enid sketches in the film. "We asked her to
draw them, either with little hearts around them or whatever. She did a great
job. I give her a big credit."
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