J.C. Leyendecker: The Great American Illustrator DVD

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J.C. Leyendecker: The Great American Illustrator DVD

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gen. 8, 2009, 10:44am

Does anyone know anyting about this DVD?? I think it was released in 2002...
There are a few copies on Ebay...

Also... If you are a JCL fan.. you *must* pick up the new Leyendecker book!
It's only been 34 years since the last book was released on him... by Michael Schau and now is hard to find and can be expensive.... abebooks.com has numerous copies.. it will run you around $120 to $200.....

gen. 8, 2009, 12:52pm

Anyone get a chance to see Leyendecker work in person? I saw a number of nice pieces at the Dahesh Museum in Manhattan a couple of years back...

gen. 8, 2009, 1:00pm

Here is the Leyendecker touring information.......


J.C. Leyendecker: America's ''Other'' Illustrator
Organized By The Haggin Museum, Stockton, California

Current Tour Schedule
R.W. Norton Art Gallery
Shreveport, Louisianna: February 6, 2007 through April 1, 2007

Fullerton Museum Center
Fullerton, California: September 23, 2007 through November 18, 2007

Gari Melchers Home and Studio
Fredericksburg, Virginia: December 9, 2007 through February 3, 2008

Huntsville Museum of Art
Huntsville, Alabama: February 24, 2008 through April 20, 2008

Southern Vermont Art Center
Manchester, Vermont: May 11, 2008 through July 6, 2008

from July 27, 2008 through September 21, 2008

Morris Museum of Art
Augusta, Georgia: October 12, 2008 through December 28, 2008

The Hudson River Museum
Yonkers, New York: January 31, 2009 through May 10, 2009

The Long Island Museums of American Art, History, and Carriages
Stony Brook, New York: May 31, 2009 through September 6, 2009

William King Regional Arts Center
Abingdon, Virginia: September 27, 2009 through November 22, 2009

gen. 8, 2009, 6:31pm

My friends and I are lucky enough to live an hour or so from the Haggin Museum so we've gone and checked out the Leyendeckers a few times.
Unfortunately, they're on that tour now...so I'll have to wait for them to get back.
As for the DVD...well....it kind of sucks.
The art is great...what you see of it.
The camera work and editing is terrible. At times it seems like they're trying to induce epileptic seizures.
Instead of just showing the art, they tried too hard to get cute and tricky...and it failed.
It might be worth it for a couple bucks...but not something to go out of your way for.

gen. 9, 2009, 4:25pm

To make sure I was giving you the straight poop, another concept artist and I watched the DVD here at work yesterday.
I had to fight hard to keep my friend from turning the thing off...but after a while there were some interviews with other illustrators that provided a little extra insight into Leyendecker.
And every now and then you'd get a decent look at some cool artwork.
So...it's a bit of a chore to get through, but I can't say there's nothing of value here.

gen. 10, 2009, 12:44am

Thanks so much for the advice and observations.... Maybe I'll just stick with the two books for now...

gen. 10, 2009, 12:58am

If you'd like to see some nice big scans of Leyendecker covers, look here:


...and if I can find it, a friend of mine shot some good photos of the stuff from the Haggin museum and burned it on a disc for me.....but I seem to have misplaced it at the moment...

gen. 10, 2009, 12:14pm

Cool site-thanks for link!!