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Here's mine again:
Edwin Austin Abbey
Next would be Willy Pogány and Arthur Rackham
Since I also have a hard picking just one or ten, it would be a LONG list!
Go for it -put them all down. And when you're done, put all your comic art favorites down in the other thread! ;)
-W. Heath Robinson
Frank Kelly Freas
C. Coles Phillips
J. Allen St. John
my all time favorites
Here is a list of ten just reeled off, but deliberately with a European slant.: Robert Fawcett – Albert Brenet – Edouard Thöny - Noel Sickles – Jordi Longaron – Angel Badia Camps - Herbert Morton Stoops – Pino Dell’oco – Barye Phillips – Walter Gotschke.
By the way, I note from your lists that people here are as much into comics as illustration, so I thought I’d link to a site that might interest cartoons and comics fans with an appreciation of great drawing skills: http://www.coconino-world.com/
(I haven't checked out all the threads here, I'll come back and delete this posting if it is all superfluous)
Thanks for the link!
BTW, none of us have mentioned Coby Whitmore, Al Parker and Jon Whitcomb who are all great as well.
One man that is not that often mentioned is Robert Abbett, his signature was sometimes hard to decipher and far from well placed. His William Burroughs covers are perhaps the best known examples of his work. He is now doing hunting and fishing paintings, in much the same style as his Tarzans, and is still quite good at making pictures: http://www.robertabbett.com/ A Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_K._Abbett Which is not that usual, two Spaniards I have mentioned, Camps and Longaron, are now painting for private walls, but in my eyes they are far from being impressive in this. Here are some Longaron illustrations from his French Gerfaut days: http://bricabrac.perso.cegetel.net/longaron.html Even better was perhaps his Spanish work done earlier for Bestsellers de la Oeste. Well, at least as I see it, I liked his gouache work, working from dark to light, and I thought he went astray with the body-less watercolour that followed late in his Gerfaut days.
Speaking of illustrators turned painters, there is of course Howard Terpning, once doing romance for the ladies, as Whitmore and Parker, besides doing movie posters (Sound of Music, Sand Pebbles), now a Western painter (well, Indian painter really), I should have put him high on my list, but I forgot him. http://www.in70mm.com/news/2006/howard_terpning/index.htm
Books with his Indian paintings can be bought, I should have liked to see something published dealing with his commercial work.
You can see it when Alex Toth uses color as well.
I like Noel Sickles. Big fan of Scorchy Smith.
I like the simplicity and boldness of his illustration work as well. Terrific designer.
There's a nice stash of illos on the David Apatoff blog I mentioned elsewhere in this group:
Speaking of movie poster artists, another artist I forgot on my list of favorites is Reynold Brown, the king of horror movie posters:
It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken is one of my favorite graphic novels.
I haven't got a website. But I've hastily uploaded some of my marine painting, which is what I do now, to a site called Fotopic. Hope that works: http://galleryjan.fotopic.net On my profile page on this here site (Librarything) there's a small line drawing which I did as a series on perpetuum mobile contraptions sometime long ago, slightly more in the line of your work, as shown on your website (good stuff there!). I worked mostly for the advertising agencies as an illustrator, did much comp art work at the end.
If you at all like Noel Sickles you should check out this book (read my review of it): http://www.librarything.com/work/6110852
I have some reprints of Steve Canyon strips with some Scorchy Smith at the back, the reproductions were bigger there, and I was therefore ever so slightly disappointed at the thinness of the lines in the Scorchy section of the book. But what you get in that book: all of Scorchy, and lots of illustrations, makes it really great value for the price.
I highly recommend it to anyone interested in this illustrator!
Radivoj Krstic (beautiful histological illustrations)
Jan van Calcar (De humani corporis fabrica woodcuts)
I like Edmund Dulac as well!
Less familiar with the other folks you mention (apart from Gorey).
A friend recently introduced me to Tanaka Tatsuyuki's work in the book "Cannabis Works".
It's great stuff!
How about Koji Morimoto?
Or in a rougher vein, Katsuya Terada?
And to Jahn,
I checked out your gallery...
It's really crisp, bold, confident stuff ...but nice and subtle too...in all the right places.
I might have missed it if you mentioned it earlier, but who are some of the Marine artists you like?
My favourite marine painters are Thomas Somerscales, a Brit who became something of a national painter in Chile, and Vilhelm Melbye, one of three Danish brothers all painting marines.
With Edmund Dulac and Kay Nielsen being mentioned here, I’ll have to suggest looking at another fairy-tale illustrator - beyond Arthur Rackham, (who I suppose you all know?), - namely Hermann Vogel. He was German and worked mostly for a magazine called Fliegende Blätter, but also illustrated the brothers Grimm’s and H. C. Andersen’s fairy tales. Regrettably he also illustrated the cliché “became a caricature of himself” in his later years, the work done in 1920 are far from the quality of what he did in 1900. The text of the blog in my second link below claims his work was influential in the Disney Studios.
I took a trip to Munich some twenty years ago to try out a new car and to search for some of his work; I walked around in the town for 3 days, and then stumbled upon a shop run by two girls selling nothing but German illustration work - could have cried for not saving up more money. But I got two lovely collections of his work.
I have not found anything on the net of what I consider his best illustrations, but these links may interest somebody; try the second one as the best collection.
Early adventure tale illustrations: http://www.abenteuerroman.info/illu/vogel/21-05/gefai.htm
And a bit down on this page a few miscellaneous drawings, the upper middle of those shown (mermaids, or river nixes, and stone) an example of what I consider work from his best period:
A few more illustrators of that era:
W. Heath Robinson
Christina Rossetti (Goblin Market)
Alice Bolingbroke Woodward
Jessie Willcox Smith
Which also reminds me, I need to find some John Bauer and Ivan Biliblin books as well.
Personally I find the book illustrations by Bilibine in this book a bit too stiff, and too uniformly dark when coloured, but there are great number of pale yellowish paintings from the Crimea reproduced that are both lovely and slightly eerie, and they make the book a worthwhile acquisition for me.
There are a number of Bilibine's Ex Libris designs in the book, along with title page designs and designs for theatrical costumes and stage sets. There's a biography at the end with some 16 photos.
Googling “Golynets Ivan Bilibine” should give you a number of antiquarian booksellers that has the mentioned book on offer.
There are some Bilibine reproductions at the bottom of this Wikipedia entry:
Apropos John Bauer, on this site a number of Scandinavian fairy-tale illustrators are presented (I guess none of them have more mass appeal than Bauer, but there are some with a lot of naive charm, like Ivar Arosenius, who quite touches me without presenting any technical virtuosity): http://users.skynet.be/fa023784/trollmoon/TrollArtistsBlog/trollartistsblog.html