Sunday, February 27, 2011

Illustrator Research - N.C. Wyeth

N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945) was an American artist and illustrator. A star pupil of Howard Pyle, he became one of America's greatest illustrators. During his lifetime, Wyeth created over 3,000 paintings and illustrated 112 books, 25 of them for Scribner's, the Scribner Classics, which is the work for which he is best-known. The first of these, Treasure Island, was his masterpiece, and the proceeds paid for his studio.

Illustrator Research - Jessie Willcox Smith

Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935) was an American illustrator famous for her work in magazines such as Ladies Home Journal and for her work in children's books. In 1884 she attended the School of Design for Women, which is now Moore College of Art and Design; later, she studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts under Thomas Eakins. She graduated in 1888, and a year later, she started working in the production department of the Ladies Home Journal. After five years, she left to take classes under Howard Pyle, first at Drexel and then at the Brandywine School.

Illustrator Research - Egon Schiele

Egon Schiele (1890-1918) was an Austrian painter and a protege of Gustav Klimt. He was also a major figurative painter of the early 20th century. Schiele is noted for the intensity of his work, and the many self portraits he produced. The twisted body shapes and the expressive line that characterize Schiele's paintings and drawings mark him as an early exponent of Expressionism, although still strongly associated with the art nouveau movement.

Illustrator Research - Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) was an American painter and illustrator. Rockwell always wanted to be an artist. At 14, he enrolled in art classes at what is now the New York School of Art. In 1910, he left high school for the National Academy of Design, and shortly after transferred to the Art Students League. He became successful very early in his life. Before the age of 16, Rockwell got his first commission for four Christmas cards. Then, while still in his teens, he was hired as art director of Boys' Life, the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America. From there he began a freelance career doing work for other publications geared towards young people.

The 30s and 40s, however, were considered to be Rockwell's most fruitful years. In 1939, his work became recognized as being representative of a small-town America. In 1943, he was inspired by FDR's address to Congress and painted his Four Freedoms paintings, and these were all reproduced in four consecutive issues of The Saturday Evening Post. Rockwell is known also for his other illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Illustrator Research - Frederic Remington

Frederic Remington (1861-1909) was an American painter, illustrator, sculptor, and writer who specialized in depictions of the Old American West. Specifically, he concentrated on the last quarter of the 19th century American West, and images of cowboys, indians, and U.S. Cavalry.

Um, hm...

Arthur Rackham was the one who did a really incredible Rip Van Winkle book. Nobody else. So if by chance nobody could find that book it's because you weren't looking for Arthur Rackham.

Also, it seems that everyone in my class, including the teacher, was under the impression that Dean Cornwell was the guy who drew all the cowboys... Yet, if we Google Frederic Remington............

Just thought I'd clarify.....

Illustrator Research - Arthur Rackham

Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) was an English book illustrator. At the age of 18, he became a clerk and eventually began studying art part-time at the Lambeth School of Art. Rackham's early work showed facility but little else. The humor and romance and soul that were to make him the premier illustrator of the early twentieth century had not manifested themselves yet. When he quit his clerk job and became a reporter for the Westminster Budget, his work showed that he was still trying to find his style. Many of his pieces were quite different from each other, and it was hard to tell that they were done by the same artist. After quite some time, in 1905, his style began to flower when he did an edition of Rip van Winkle by Washington Irving.

Illustrator Research - Howard Pyle

Howard Pyle (1853-1911) was an American illustrator and writer, primarily of books for young audiences. In 1894 he began teaching at what is now Drexel University, but after 1900 he founded his own art school called the Howard Pyle School of Illustration Art. Among his students were such illustrators as N.C. Wyeth and Jessie Wilcox Smith (conveniently two other illustrators we have to research). His 1883 classic The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (which he wrote and illustrated) remains in print to this day, and he did a four-volume set on King Arthur that cemented his reputation.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thank you, website...

For messing up ALL the image research I did for Maxfield Parrish. You were okay with them this afternoon. Now all of a sudden you decide I can't have them anymore. GAH, you suck!

Illustrator Research - Maxfield Parrish

Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966), born Frederick Parrish, was an American illustrator. During the Golden Age of Illustration, Parrish's "beautiful settings and charming figures" were loved by the American public. His work includes immense murals in office buildings and hotels, magazine covers, and advertisements as well as his book illustrations. Even today, many of his illustrations to children's books are still popular. They are the result of his struggle to make a living as an artist in his early years around the turn of the 20th century.
(The Second Voyage of Sinbad)
 (Puss in Boots)

Illustrator Research - Joseph Leyendecker

Joseph Leyendecker (1874 – 1951) was one of the pre-eminent American Illustrators of the early 20th century. He is best known for his poster, book, and advertising illustrations. He was also known for some of his Saturday Evening Post covers and a character known as The Arrow Collar Man. From 1896-1950 he painted more than 400 magazine covers. For the Saturday Evening Post alone, he did 322 covers, along with some other illustrations for its interior pages. No other artist, until the arrival of Norman Rockwell two decades later, was so solidly identified with one publication. He is also said to have "virtually invented the whole idea of modern magazine design."
(Apparently he also may or may not have been gay, which would explain the image at the very top).

Illustrator Research - Tamara de Lempicka

Tamara de Lempicka (1898–1980), born Maria G√≥rska, was a Polish Art Deco painter and "the first woman artist to be a glamour star." She attended boarding school in Switzerland and spent the winter of 1911 on the French Riviera with her grandmother. It was here where she got her first taste of the Great Masters of Italian painting.
 (oh?? That's a little... kinky).
(Um... this one's coming from a site called 2blowhards.com. Should I be concerned?)