From “THE HOUSE THAT went to TOWN”
In the early 1950s, Andy Warhol collaborated with the young author Ralph Thomas (Corkie) Ward on a small number of illustrated and self-published books. Their first joint publication was “A Is an Alphabet” from 1953, a collection of 26 loose pages that combine a silhouette by Warhol with a verse by Corkie. Each of Corkie’s texts describe an encounter between an animal, whose name begins with the letter of the alphabet to which it is assigned, and a human figure (or pair of figures) drawn by Warhol on the top half of the sheet.
Warhol executed his drawings in the blotted line technique, which had become his first signature style and with which he made a name for himself as an illustrator within the New York publishing world.
“The blotting method probably gave Warhol the idea of having books printed from his drawings. In theory, this presented no difficulty, since there was no longer any real conceptual difference between the original and the reproduction: the style of the blotted line was determined not by individual whim but by mechanical accident. Warhol’s friends applied the color in most of the books; the drawings Warhol colored himself cannot be distinguished from those done by his assistants: all were done quickly, with little regard for borders or boundaries.”(1)
The emphasis on reproduction inherent to the blotted line technique continues in the figures within