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Posted in Artstation, Serge Birault with tags , , , , , , , on October 28, 2016 by Brett Waller


Love this guy’s style. He’s got a FB page too. Canadian, and has lots of tutorials floating around. More at Artstation: Serge Birault


Dr. Brett’s Illustration Class- Student Work, Fall 2013 Semester

Posted in Flagler Illustration Class with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2013 by bigbabyhead

Chip Kidd on Book Covers via TED

Posted in Chip Kidd with tags , , , , , , on July 4, 2013 by bigbabyhead

A little bit Illustration a little bit graphic design a little bit typography.chip-kidd-book-covers-gallery-page

Another experiment in trying to embed vids.  BTW, TED has a simple embed link just for WordPress.

I first heard of Chip Kidd as the hot new book designer when I read “Dry”  in 2004. I had never heard or thought of a book cover designer before then.

Commie Pinko Comics

Posted in Burne Hogarth with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2013 by bigbabyhead









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I was doing some research On Burne Hogarth for the Illustration class and found out all this. I never owned his anatomy books but I have used them for sculpture reference because of the way he masses muscle form very cleanly, regardless of lighting direction, so it seems. His book Dynamic Anatomy is linked through Amazon and I would recommend it to art students interested in a serious study of human form.

What I also found out was that after his successful run in comics as the illustrator for Tarzan, he was instrumental in founding the School of Visual Arts in NYC with Silas Rhodes in 1947. SVA was set up as a trade school for returning veterans after WWII who were interested in entering the Advertising industry as artists and was budgeted largely by the G I Bill.

Just as the school was beginning, it ran into trouble that threatened its existence. In 1956 Mr. Rhodes and Mr. Hogarth were called before a Senate investigations subcommittee and asked whether they were members of the Communist Party. The committee was trying to determine whether Communist influence had tainted vocational schools that were supported largely by federal money.

The SVA is a very legit and accredited art school today largely because of the efforts of Hogarth and Silas. That whole story is at the NY Times obit of Mr. Rhodes here.
Hogarth enjoyed a long and successful career as a teacher and an artist who legitimized the comics trade as sequential art, at least in the eyes of the French. His website, with bio and a lot of images is here.


J.C.Leyendecker’s muse

Posted in Leyendecker with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2013 by bigbabyhead


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The last post had an image of one of JC Leyendecker’s post covers while the headline was about Norman Rockwell, a name synonymous with Post Covers.

Leyendecker was as famous in his day if not MORE so than Rockwell for Post cover and had a relationship with that rag for over 40 years.

He is best known for his Arrow shirt ADs and idealized models from the days of the Great Gatsby. Rumor has it that his best model, Charles Beach from the portrait above, who also became his biz manager, was also his lifelong lover. I just posted these 2 pics to show his brush stroke style, which is outrageously great (these are finished works). More about his life and career at JVJ here. Also a nice link with some images and brushstroke details here.

Norman Rockwell’s ghost gets $15 million at Sothebys

Posted in Leyendecker, Old School Illustration, Rockwell with tags , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2013 by bigbabyhead


This article via Bill Rutherfoord from the WSJ about illustration art market value.

A nice piece by Leyendecker originally commissioned for the Post.


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 18, 2013 by bigbabyhead


I started a new series to paint 50 portraits this summer. Here’s the 1st. In honor of the recent TPC win here at Sawgrass. Mostly, I wanted to get do a series of famous and infamous people that one could recognize at a glance and see if I could nail a painterly likeness with a technique which is based in photographic reference, reproducible and quantifiable in terms of time. Tiger was 4 hours for the artwork and 1 hour in reference time on the net.