Sunday, February 16, 2020

GARRET DEAN MCFANN



Preparatory drawing for the painting: Brownie
 Pencil on bond paper


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 Preparatory drawing for the painting: Brownie
Pencil on bond paper



Detail

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 BROWNIE
8.5" x 11" acrylic painting on board


 Detail


Kodak Six-20 Brownie Junior Review




Friday, January 31, 2020

GARRET DEAN MCFANN


 Preparatory 8.5"x 11" pencil drawing for painting 





 Another preparatory 8.5"x 11" pencil drawing for painting


 close up of drawing no. 2



 6.5 x 11 inch acrylic on board

close up

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Ken Hultgren



From the book “The Know-How of Cartooning” by Ken Hultgren

(1915 –  1968)

From the book “The Know-How of Cartooning” by Ken Hultgren

 
 Ken Hultgren (November 14, 1915 – December 13, 1968) Kenneth Vernon Hultgren was one of the great “animal artists” at Disney in the 1940s. Born in Minneapolis, he studied at the School of Art in his hometown. In 1935 he moved to California to start his artistic career. Soon afterwards, he joined the Disney Studios, where he became one of the best animators. He worked on such productions as ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ (1937) and ‘Bambi’ (1942), doing model sheets and layouts.
He worked on the ‘Mickey Mouse’ daily comic with writer Milt Banta, succeeding Larry Knighton. From 1955 to 1962 he also worked for Archie Comics and several syndicates, doing among others a comic strip based on Hanna-Barbera’s ‘The Flintstones’. At the same time, Hultgren remained active as an animator (‘Mr. Magoo’, ‘Popeye’, ‘The Archie Show’). Ken Hultgren died of a heart attack in 1968. (via Lambiek comiclopedia) 


from: traditionalanimation.com







Monday, January 13, 2020

Alex Nino




Alex Nino Storm, Pen and Ink






 Alex Niño (born May 1, 1940)[1] is a Filipino comics artist best known for his work for the American publishers DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and Warren Publishing, and in Heavy Metal magazine....from Wikipedia


 

Alex Niño (Hand Drawn and Quartered BTS, Nov 2013)


Monday, October 21, 2019

THE CAJUN KID

GARRET DEAN MCFANN



8.5" x 11" preparatory drawing for painting below



THE CAJUN KID
8.5" x 11" acrylic on board

 
close up


 Photo reference for painting

 June 1940. Schriever, Louisiana. "Cajun children on Terrebonne Farms Project." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. Photo from the Shorpy website
 

Sunday, October 13, 2019



Dean Cornwell

 Telephone Men and Women at Work
New England Telephone Building mural study, circa 1947
Pencil on paper
39-3/4 x 48-1/2 inches (101.0 x 123.2 cm)
study, circa 1947
 




Dean Cornwell (March 5, 1892 – December 4, 1960) was an American illustrator and muralist. His oil paintings were frequently featured in popular magazines and books as literary illustrations, advertisements, and posters promoting the war effort. Throughout the first half of the 20th century he was a dominant presence in American illustration.[1] At the peak of his popularity he was nicknamed the "Dean of Illustrators".   
 From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Friday, April 26, 2019

ROBERT G HARRIS



A QUICK TASK 38X31 Oil on canvas        
          

ROBERT G HARRIS


Biography  
Robert Harris


Biography from the Archives of askART
Robert G. Harris is best known for his romantic portrayals of stories illustrations published in magazines including Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, Saturday Evening Post and McCalls.

Robert George Harris was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and received his early art training at the Kansas City Art Institute, under illustrator Monte Crews.  Then, wanting to go into the magazine illustration field as his life work, he went to New York in 1930, where he studied Anatomy under George Bridgman at the Art Students League; and Illustration under Harvey Dunn at the Grand Central Art School. Under them he received all the necessary tools for becoming a successful illustrator.

From there he began illustrating western pulp magazine covers.  His colorful and action-packed western illustrations prepared him for the next step into illustrating for Women's Magazines.  He was sought out by an agent, and went into illustrating stories for all the name publications.  His first illustrations were for Liberty Magazine, then Redbook, Post, and soon after, Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, Good House Keeping and McCalls.  He became known for his beautiful women and romantic scenes. He captured the essence of the story in a single painting.  Children and family illustrations were also his talent.  This constant showcase of his work in the magazines, brought him many national advertising accounts: Coke Cola, Beer, Cigarettes, Toothpaste, etc.

His story illustrations have appeared in foreign magazines in English, French, Dutch, Danish, Scandinavian and Canadian publications. His name appears in Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in American Art, Who's Who in Arizona, Illustrators in America, American Artists of Renown, 200 years of American Illustration, plus other Art and Reference books. He is also a life member of the Society of Illustrators, N.Y.C.

He was one of the founders of the very successful Westport Artists Group in Westport, Connecticut, where he lived and worked for thirteen years.  In 1953, he moved his family to Scottsdale, Arizona and in 1970, moved to the beautiful desert area of Carefree, Arizona where he resides today

In 1961, he retired from illustration to devote full time to portraiture.  His background of illustration and the discipline he practiced during those years were of tremendous value in this art form.  He painted in oils, and had that rare faculty of being able to reach beneath the surface and bring out qualities that were more than just a 'likeness' of his clients.  His clients were prominent business men and women, religious and political figures.  His portraits hang in many private collections across the country.


Written and submitted February 2004 by Marcia Harris Sewell, daughter of the artist.

Robert G. Harris passed on peacefully at age 96 on December 23, 2007.

A man of passion, talent and humor,
Has passed in and out of this life,
With a smile and a twinkle in his eye.
Lived life his way and never looked back.

A legend in his own time,
Adored by his wife and family
And loved by his friends --
Can one ask for anything more?

He will live in our hearts forever.

Sent by his daughter Marcia to Linda Gramatky Smith, daughter of artist Hardie Gramatky.