Larry MacDougall is probably my favoritist illustrator of the contemporary faerie enchantment genre, and he and his wife are enjoying the posts of Wallace Tripp's work (as many of us are), and I dedicate past, present and future Tripp posts to them.
As indicated in his drawing, Tripp used Michel Colombe's 1508 bas relief of St. George and his dragon as a moment of parody. Ha! Baa relief indeed.
Colombe's work was the marble altarpiece for the high chapel in the Chateau de Gaillon, since removed to the Louvre in Paris.
This 1948 paperback edition of Erskine's 1925 novel, with cover painting by Rudolph Belarski, certainly must have awakened a lot of schoolboys' interest in classical history. Heck, I'm gonna go read up a bit myself.
Belarski, of course, was a popular cover artist for pulps and paperbacks.
My time is pinched right now, for a number of reasons. I can only post single images here and there that I have already scanned, with little or no commentary. But I'll have some lengthier great stuff in a couple of weeks. You'll be seeing plenty til then, just sort of a miscellaneous potpourri.
This piece is from a portfolio you'll see more of down the road. Gil Kane himself sold me this artist's proof portfolio containing his art and several other cartoonists'. The portfolio didn't live to be published as an edition, for several reasons—mostly copyright problems.
As I've indicated before, I have a 'slush pile' of olden pages that have been sliced out of comics long ago during the golden & silver ages, long before anyone had an inkling that they'd be worth something someday. Some of the pages have been so damaged over the years that scanning entire stories are out of the question. But there are still individual panels worth rescuing. Here are a few by Bob Powell of Cave Girl from various issues, and one panel (riding the birds) that I believe is from a Thund'a story, I'm thinking from issue #5.
Here is my final installment of illustrations by W.H. Robinson for the wonderful full-of-wonder 1914 edition of A MidSummer Night's Dream — certainly one of the highest watermarks of the golden age of book illustration.
Bottom. Why do they run away? This is a knavery of them
to make me afeard.
I'm sorry to say that my edition is missing 2 of the color plates, so easily lost, as they were just tipped in lightly. Still, we've seen aplenty, thus cease our sorrow.
Sir William Russell Flint, in his earlier days, used a classic art style to illustrate some of the great classics of literature. And how much more classic can you get than Homer?
It amazes me how time and again, publishers put out editions of classic (but dry) lit, without any illustrations, and no imaginative layout or typography. Those elements help bring a book to life. I think students who wouldn't give Homer a chance, might, if the book was embellished somewhat like this one.
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My name is Thom Buchanan.
I'm an artist and photographer.
People are my favorite subjects to portray in art and photos. My wife (and studio partner) has called that my 'people skills', as I've been passionately creating portrait studies for many years.
I refer to myself as a pictorialist, a combination of image-making and journalist. Images are my life.