Lord of Pulp: Frank Frazetta (1970 – 1980, Social Awakenings)

Frank Frazetta has been one of those illustrators I’ve been wanting to write on for quite some time now. Over my adolescence I was a very quiet kid who spent hours in the realm of books, burning through new titles… Continue Reading →

Amongst the Roses, Brambles Grow: Leonard Baskin (1950 – 1960, Postwar Prosperity)

I will admit with some shame that though I greatly admire the craft and technical skill of the illustrators in this era… things sometimes get a little boring, no? Now before the torches and pitchforks come out in force, what… Continue Reading →

But First, Foundations: Andrew Loomis (1940 – 1950, The Golden Age Part 2)

Alright! Andrew Loomis was an artist I was quite excited to cover at some point, because he was a major catalyst for helping me reconnect with drawing last year and thus is an illustrator for whom I hold much personal… Continue Reading →

Two-Faced: Jean Giraud and Moebius (1938 – 2012)

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had this insatiable curiosity about the fantastic and the unknown. Naturally, the world of imagination and fantasy was something that blossomed in me like an insidious weed, one that stubbornly remains to this… Continue Reading →

Mother of Moomins: Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001)(Dawn of the Golden Age)

Tove Jansson was a figure who’s work I was aware of growing up, but faded out of my consciousness as an illustrator until this year. Early on I grew up with a lot of European children’s books, and collections such… Continue Reading →

Origins: The Art of Kay Nielsen (1886 – 1957) (Illustration’s Early Masters)

I actually chose to go with Kay Nielsen this time because of a comment you ended up making last February when I first came to the university, ha! I had almost no artwork to my name because I’d only been… Continue Reading →

The Folk and Stage Art of Ivan Bilibin (1876 – 1942) (Illustration’s Beginnings)

I first came across Ivan Bilibin’s work a couple of years ago through one of my favorite contemporary illustrators who goes by Sin Eater. He cited him as a powerful influence and ended up showing a number of beautiful pieces… Continue Reading →

Survey 10: Front Cover Rationale

  The last one! I had a pretty strong idea of where I wanted to go with this one at the beginning. I think the first idea most of us had was to try and fit a little of everything… Continue Reading →

Survey 7 Spread and Rationale

Ooh boy! This was a tricky one. For this, I wanted to go for a slightly different tone than the previous spread, which was more fun and playful. The left side is a little more painterly and realistic, and on… Continue Reading →

The Best of Both: James Rosenquist (1933 – 2017) (Abstract Expressionism & Pop Art)

I don’t like abstract art. I said it, it’s not a controversial opinion and I’m okay with that. I was worried I was going to have a pretty rough time writing on this era of art for that reason. Abstract… Continue Reading →

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