Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Drew Struzan

It used to be said, “If you could draw you could make a living.”Sadly this is no longer the case. The computer has been the final death knell for much of the production artists in industry. In fact more people have lost jobs to the advent of computer technology than anyone is willing to admit. As we all know, one guy on a computer can produce more work than a whole company of animators, typographers, photographers, printers, illustrators,designers, graphic artists,  combined.

 At one time, the top illustrators were considered celebrities and were paid tremendous amounts of money. In the 1930’s almost everyone had a Maxfield Parrish print on their wall. The next generation replaced this with a Norman Rockwell print.From the industrial revolution to the computer age, technology has reduced the need for the artists and craftsmen.

 In regards to illustrators, the invention of photography and the ability to place the photos in a printed copy reduced the need greatly for artists.
 In the 1960’s most the big advertisers began to pull out the popular magazines of the day and invest their money in the new technology called "television." This again reduced the need for the advertising illustrator.The last industry where there was still a need for creative personnel and artists could make a decent living was the movie industry. Being a movie poster illustrator was a coveted prize for an artist. However by the 1980’s this became more of a rare commodity as entertainment executives opted for the computer generated photo montage of little or no artistic merit.

It seems to me that there is a direct relationship between the rise of technology and the downfall of artistic integrity and craftsmanship.

 So, next time you wax poetically about your new PC remember all the artists and craftsmen that were sent to pasture, before you boot that thing up.

Ok, with this rant coming to an end I will now publish this blog article, so you can read it on your computer...

Drew: The Man Behind the Poster - Official Trailer | HD

Monday, July 29, 2013

Phone Doodle

I was mindlessly doodling, while talking to my parents on the phone last night.
I think I need to have a sit-down chat with my subconscious……………….. Again!


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640)

 Anatomical Studies: A Left Forearm in Two Positions and a Right Forearm, 1600–1608
Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640)
Drawing, pen and brown ink

 This scan was brought to you by the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History at the  Metropolitan Museum of Art

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

Haddon Sundblom

These scans are from the Today's Inspiration Blog which has an article on Sundblom's Santas

Haddon Hubbard "Sunny" Sundblom was an American artist of Finnish and Swedish descent and best known for the images of Santa Claus he created for The Coca-Cola Company. 
Born: June 22, 1899, Muskegon, MI        
Died: March 10, 1976, Chicago, IL
Education: American Academy o         
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sculptor's Drawings

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As mentioned several times in this blog, it is always better to draw from life. Photographs inherently have numerous distortions in contour, tone value and perspective. Of course working from live models is not cost effective for many of us.

 A sculptor will draw differently than a painter because his interests are in form rather than color. A contoured line defines form, so a linear drawing will be more useful. Sometimes I draw directly on a xeroxed copy of a photo to help better understand this form.

In a preparatory drawing for a painting one generally needs to mass-in tonal areas separating the dark from the lights.

In some areas of these drawings, I have created tonal shapes next to light areas that define a particular plane, as well.  


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Frederic Rodrigo Gruger (1871-1953)

 Illustration from “Show Boat” by Edna Ferber,
Woman’s Home Companion, April 1926,
Carbon pencil & wash, 10.75 x 16.5" 

Time magazine, at one time, proclaimed Frederic Rodrigo Gruger "the dean of U.S. magazine illustrators”.
For more examples of Gruger’s work and a detailed description of his technique you can go to Illustration Art, where I borrowed the following pictures.