Mead Schaeffer was an American illustrator born in New York on July 15, 1898.

The Saturday Evening Post

He was known for the work he did for magazines and books.

The Three Musketeers

His early work depicted pieces with stories of adventure and romance, though later on, he would instead turn to more a realistic manner. This is said to maybe be influenced by Norman Rockwell, who was his friend. He did not paint from photographs, though he did travel all over to get that realism in his art as well as using models. He only the models for the clothing, but not the face. He painted those from imagination. When he did paint from photographs, his art suffered, as he said needed something of a real person for inspiration.

From The Count of Monte Cristo

Schaeffer is a good artist.

From The Count of Monte Cristo

I personally like the pieces where he uses large strokes and has more dramatic lighting like his pieces from “The Count of Monte Cristo.” I really like the painterly style he has. The contrast from the dark and lights makes the pieces have a lot of life.

His illustration for King Arthur and His Knight

In one of his earlier works for King Arthur, I think the posing is awkward in a way that makes the figures that are supposed to be fighting look like they aren’t really interacting with each other at all. Kind of like two characters posing. I think his later pieces fix this though. They are a lot more interesting and realistic in the positisons and compositions.