Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Comparison Study

I love comparison studies—whether one image inspires another, or the images develop along parallel lines. This version of St. George is by Walter Crane, from Book I of Spenser's Faerie Queene, published in the 1890s. This drawing predates the Harold Nelson drawing of the last post. Both images were undoubtedly inspired by many a painting of St. George prior to their times.


RahneFan said...

The individual strokes of the Crane one seem more deliberate, whereas in this one they are more loose or casual. Do you think that is just a difference of style?

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

These two certainly had their own distinctive styles, but I believe Nelson was more methodical and painstaking with his design and rendering. Crane, on the other hand, was in the middle of creating scores of illustrations for the Faerie Queene, and must have felt the need to just keep producing—although it's mighty impressive that he still took the time for so much detail in each drawing.