Archive for Old School Illustration

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

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

Nava’s Saints

Posted in John Nava with tags , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2013 by bigbabyhead


John Nava’s Tapestry design’s for the L.A. cathedral was a wake up call for me as to what a 2-D artist could bring to a large scale architectural project. The cash cow for such projects usually going to 3-D art or overpriced Blue chip  2-d stock that was more a decoration as part of an investment portfolio than a serious part of the architectural design process.

Here’s the story on the tapestries.

The whole cathedral is a unique and beautiful monument but that’s another story.

Eu natural

Posted in Emily Damstra, Natural Science Illustration with tags , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2013 by bigbabyhead

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I probably shouldn’t try a french title since Emily Damstra is from Canada and probably speaks French Eh?

I came across her stuff while trying to concept an assignment today and was just outright impressed by her style, technique, range and work ethic.

She is one very busy lady. Evident in her website here and her blog here which also offers some excellent insights into her profession.



Dr. Drew

Posted in Medical Illustration with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2013 by bigbabyhead


Medical Illustration has been around a long time and for different reasons. Leonardo was doing it before photography just to record how things worked. I remember leafing through an anatomy book in grade school and was impressed by studies printed on clear acetate showing successive layers of human systems, derma, skeletal, circulatory etc.  med Illustration is still used today to map out “or  storyboard” a procedure as in the case of this beautiful rendering of internal info of co-joined twins for Mayo Clinic by Michael King. There is a lot more info at the Assn. of Medical Illustrators including info on training, certification and careers. Hey maybe this is a new direction for me.


The American Portraitist

Posted in John Singer Sargent with tags , , , , , on July 24, 2013 by bigbabyhead

John Singer Sargent in his day at the beginning of the 20th Century was the man.

Here is a nice list of his works with images and chronology.420px-Sargent_John_Singer_Spanish_Dancer This particular work is so strange to me it looks like she is going north and south at the same time.

Painting Pirates

Posted in David Shannon, Old School Illustration with tags , , , , , , on July 9, 2013 by bigbabyhead
Cover of "How I Became a Pirate"

Cover of How I Became a Pirate

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One of the joys of reading bedtime stories to Sophia, is choosing the material at the library.

She gets to choose a couple and I get to choose too, and I ALWAYS judge a book by it’s cover.

I ran across “How I became a Pirate” a couple of weeks ago and really, really dug the artwork by David Shannon.

The paintings are very old school, brushy and full of color, in the style of Howard Pyle and N C Wyeth.

I don’t know much about David Shannon or his other work, I just wanted to share my enthusiasm about this book.


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.