Joseph Christian Leyendecker, an American artist and illustrator working in the early 20th century, is most well known for his posters and magazine work for the The Saturday Evening Post. Influenced by Alfonso Mucha, and Toulouse, he lived in Chicago and then New York, where his paintings propelled him to the forefront of American advertising illustration. His popular paintings for the Arrow brand, based on Charles Beach, his partner and assumed lover, became synonymous with the ideal man during the Roaring Twenties. Chiselled jaws and broad shoulders with deft, sharp brush strokes, he was able to project the perfect fashionable American man.
Indeed his drawings influenced design and his work for various brands set the standard for many aspects of popular culture during the time. Leyendecker was good friends with Norman Rockwell, whose own early work often drew inspiration from J.C’s. Parties hosted with Beach, at his home in New York make me think of “The Great Gatsby”. I love how his paintings use the placement of paint not only to depict his subjects, but also as a design element that complements the work as a whole.
“Due to his fame as an illustrator, Leyendecker was able to indulge in a very luxurious lifestyle which in many ways embodied the decadence of the Roaring Twenties. However, when commissions began to wane in the 1930s, he was forced to curtail spending considerably. By the time of his death, Leyendecker had let all of the household staff at his New Rochelle estate go, with he and Beach attempting to maintain the extensive estate themselves. Leyendecker left a tidy estate equally split between his sister and Beach. Leyendecker is buried alongside parents and brother Frank at Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, New York. Charles Beach died a few months after Leyendecker, and his burial location is unknown.”source wikipedia
An illustrator based in Belgium, drawing for graphic comics, the doodles of this artist capture the imagination don’t they? Soft and sharp, shadows play, and creatures abound. This is the work of Yohan Sacré. Have a peek into the pencil world and see what you can discover! A tentacled monster sneaking through a doorway or small acorn beings living large in a chocolate chip infested landscape. The uncomplicated medium of paper and pencil just emphasise the detailed ideas, and makes me want to get out my moleskine and draw!
These are the fantastic digital paintings of Sergey Kolesov. He creates concept work for film and games, and you can watch some of his progress paintings here. The depth of his work draws you right into his scenes, atmospheric and ethereal. Enjoy!
Now this guy paints some mysterious artworks; mushrooms and flowers infest his characters from a 2011 collection, in an organic explosion of colour and texture. I enjoy his use of colour, and especially his subjects, pale glowing skin, pink fingers, or entirely filled with swirling effects. Julian Callos, is an LA based illustrator, and I recommend you go check out his website. His sculptures are pretty neat too! He is a talented painter, and his editorial work is fantastic. He is able to capture emotions and moments in time with smart attention to detail, creating interesting appealing artworks.
Woah Tatiana, way to go and blow my mind! All the elements in her paintings swirl your imagination into a frothy milkshake. Looking at them I feel like I am dreaming after eating too much cheese. Always interesting, and strange. The colours, hues of blues and pinks submerge her fish, birds and bees in other worlds, and I feel like I am traversing her painting in a submersible. Tatiana Kazakova is a Russian illustrator, and if you can read russian, why not visit her blog, which is full of interesting snippets as well as art.
Eric Fortune, a painter based in Columbus, Ohio, paints startlingly atmospheric paintings. With Acrylic on water colour paper, he is able to create scenes with an almost unearthly mood. His colour palette enhances his subjects through contrasting use of chiaroscuro. Eric posts plenty of work in progress videos and photos on his blog, which show how he creates his layered work from photo compositions to the finished painting. Each detail painstakingly thought out and rendered. His work is described as “Lyrical, haunting, yet poignant at the same time,” and indeed, something in the tones, flowing aspects and the characters themselves speak to me of dreams and music.