Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Warwick Goble is one of my top most favorite fairy tale illustrators and I am delighted with the fairy tale sensibility that he brought to The Complete Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, my edition published in 1912. It is one of my favorite illustrated books ever, and I will be posting the illustrations one at a time, in order of appearance in the book. I will only be posting one every now and then, but really, it's worth the effort to collect them all.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
St. Nicholas Magazine was a magical periodical for children, showcasing professional illustrators, such as Howard Pyle, as well as contributions from child and teen illustrators.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Well, I found my book of Brunelleschi, but I'm on deadline and only have time for one of his paintings for now. This is one of his early works from 1905, seeming to bridge art nouveau to art deco.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Life and Death are the same face of a tossed coin, depending on how it lands and how you look at it. At least so one might interpret while examining this intriguing bit of typographic design by C.E. Krausie.
Shown are the 180 degree views of the very same lovely device.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Received this image from lotusgreen in response to previous post of a similar drawing. It's a costume design for Scheherazade by Umberto Brunelleschi.
I will be posting more of Brunelleschi when I retrieve from storage.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Umberto Brunelleschi. Wonderful name. Full of wonder illustrator, of which a Paris critic wrote: 'His art has nothing realistic about it. He would not know how to evoke modern life with its huge factories and streets full of people. But the world of fiction, which is so much more beautiful than the world of men, that he makes real.'
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Teenager Judy Garland was still a year away from stardom when she appeared in the family musical comedy Everybody Sing, in 1938. Artist Ted Ireland, as Vincentini, created this wholesome rendering of pre-Dorothy Judy for a 2 page trade promotion for the film. The text told of her discovery by the studio only months earlier and her quick rise to fame.
Ted Ireland, a k a Vincentini, was an MGM contract artist, creating spin images for actors and movies, as seen in pressbooks and other PR material.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Joe Kubert was my comic book idol in the Silver and Bronze Ages. I collected everything he did, not matter how minor (read ads for toys and ads with Ed McMahon in 'em). He has been part of all the ages us geeks worship. Not all his stories were super wonderful, but his art made 'em seem that way. As he says in the promo directly below, he had the pleasure to bring cartoon characters to life.
Here he introduces Firehair in a couple of promos, and then below those is a short Firehair story from one of the Son of Tomahawk issues.
Monday, November 16, 2009
I know there are a lot of you who admire Walt Kelly and his work, but we don't seem to be finding you over at the new 'blog about Kelly art, where it's Kelly day every day. If'n we don't see more followers showing up, it may not be worth the time (which it takes a lot of) to be gathering up rare and lovely Kelly stuff. Please come over and 'follow' or comment or something to let us know you're out there. You can begin by clicking here.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Hank Porter really deserves a big book dedicated to the spectrum of his work.
Walt Disney referred to him as a one-man art studio. Porter's Disney work is supreme in portraying all the cast players at their very best, whether in wartime insignia cartoons, magazine covers, specialty art for a spectrum of uses, or in the Sunday comics, as here with Pinocchio, December 24, 1939 to April 7, 1940.
Porter was a fabulous talent, with a sub-set-of-Disney cult following.
Is there such a book, and if not, why not?
Friday, November 13, 2009
Disney movies aren't always my cup of tea, but Disney artists, over the years, have created stunning artwork for all aspects of the Disney empire—hundreds of thousands of individual works of art. Out of all that I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot, there is one work, one drawing, that I can pinpoint that is beyond measure, MY FAVORITE work of Disney art.
It's an ink masterpiece from 1937, created by Disney artist Hank Porter. Not only is the technique superb, but the composition, characterization, atmosphere and detail are seductive, drawing the viewer into another world. I actually want to live in this part of the Disney universe. Porter is such a great stylist, having also drawn the newspaper Sunday version of Snow White that I posted at an earlier date.
Mr. Door Tree posted this drawing last year, that I believe he said was from a Russ Cochran auction printed catalogue. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. But today, on Russ Cochran's auction website, I saw it in high resolution, and it just bowls me over again.
It's up for auction again, with a starting bid of $20,000, up to $40,000 as of a few minutes ago. If I had the money, I would top any bid that came in, just to own-that-piece. I don't have the money, so I am content to admire the jpeg and admire and wish the best to whoever wins the bid in 27 days.
Look at it here, but go look at it better, read highest praise by Russ Cochran, and bid on it there. It deserves a really great home.