Richard Amsel

Richard Amsel - Artist Spotlight

Richard Amsel (Dec 1947 – Nov 1985) was an American illustrator and designer particularly well-known for his work during the 1970s and 80s including the first 2 Indiana Jones films, The Dark Crystal and Chinatown. He can easily be counted among the great poster artists such as Drew Struzan and Bob Peak, and his work is often recognisable for it’s bold graphic design taking reference from the work of 1920’s illustrators such as J.C. Leyendecker. Although his career also boasted a 13 year run of TV Guide covers, it’s wasn’t as prolific as Struzan or Peak, but the quality is unmistakable and well worth studying. Reference – Pinterest Board –Richard Amsel Websites – Amsel |  American Art Archive Recommended Reading; Art of the Modern Movie Poster Film Posters…

Darwyn Cooke

Darwyn Cooke - Artist Spotlight

Darwyn Cooke (born 1962) is an award-winning comic book artist, writer and designer best known for his work on Catwoman, The Spirit and (one of my favourite series of books), Richard Stark’s Parker. He has also worked on various animation projects including Batman: The Animated Series with Bruce Timm, which became a cult favourite among fans for its dark, art deco style and complex storytelling. His deceptively simple, highly graphic illustrations have a classic sophistication that harks back to hard edge noir tales of the 1940’s and 50’s, with a loose, inky appeal that makes for inspirational viewing for students of black ink and brush; a look no more evident than in the Parker series. Those looking for intelligent crime writing matched with expertly considered illustration…

Eyvind Earle

Eyvind Earle - Artist Spotlight

Eyvind Earle (April 1916 – July 2000) was an artist and designer whose work at the Disney Studios during the 1950s contributed to some their best-loved features including two of my favourites, Sleeping Beauty and Lady and the Tramp. His unmistakable style is particularly evident in Sleeping Beauty with his beautifully designed backgrounds, characters and colour scheme making this one of Walt Disney’s most visually striking pictures. Earle’s is a clearly defined and confident style that continues to be heavily referenced by animators today. Owners of the Sleeping Beauty Blu Ray should seek out the special feature ‘Four Artists Paint One Tree’ which features Earle and other Disney artists on a research trip painting their own interpretation of the same subject. A brilliant little documentary and…

Coby Whitmore

Coby Whitmore

Coby Whitmore (1913-1988) was an American lifestyle illustrator whose prolific output working at the Charles E. Cooper studio was used in advertising for top brands of the 1940s and 50s and featured in magazines including The Saturday Evening Post, McCalls and Cosmopolitan. He was counted among the top illustrators in this field along with fellow artists Al Parker and Jon Whitcomb, with a particular gift for painting beautiful and fashionable men and women. Creative page composition, expertise with colour and the skill of focusing the viewer’s attention by placing carefully rendered details among bold shapes and patterns are aspects of his work that set it apart from similar illustrators from the period. Reference – Pinterest Board –Coby Whitmore Recommended Reading;  Lifestyle Illustration of the 60s by Rian Hughes Masters of…

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