Archive for the ‘illustration’ Category

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Illustration: Great LP Record Jackets

Record Cover

Animation Resources volunteer and resident video guru, Eric Graf has amassed an amazing collection of novelty and children’s records from the 50s and 60s. He brought a stack by the other day to be scanned. Check out how these covers make you want to rush to your phonograph to play the record. Tiny, badly designed CD and DVD covers just don’t have the same impact. Thanks, Eric for sharing these with us!

Record Cover
Record Cover
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Record Cover
Record Cover
Record Cover
Record Cover

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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This posting is part of a series of articles comprising an online exhibit spotlighting Illustration.

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Illustration: Mary Blair Song Book

Mary Blair Song Book

Mary Blair is one of the most popular golden age animation color stylists among today’s animation designers. This book was published in 1955, and it’s a great example of Blair at the height of her powers. The full color illustrations are great, but check out the duotones and the page layouts… It’s as if she can do no wrong! Her taste is impeccable.

Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book
Mary Blair Song Book

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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This posting is part of a series of articles comprising an online exhibit spotlighting Illustration.

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Illustration: Maxfield Parrish’s Arabian Nights 1909

Maxfield Parrish

Today I’m sharing a classic book from my collection by illustrator Maxfield Parrish.

Maxfield ParrishMaxfield ParrishParrish was one of the most successful artists of the golden age of illustration. It is said that during the depression, there were more Maxfield Parrish prints hanging on the walls of American homes than there were American homes!

The book I’m featuring today was done early in Parrish’s career, but it contains all of the aspects of his style that would make him famous… the electric blues set off of bright sunset oranges, the dramatic lighting effects, the amazingly lifelike natural shapes and patterns contrasted with large flat areas of color, and the total control of the mechanical aspects of offset printing… if you look carefully at the foliage in the image with the urns on either side, you can see that the painting was pasted up from several pieces. Bud Plant’s website has an interesting article on how Parrish used the four color process. Check it out.

Maxfield Parrish
Maxfield Parrish
Maxfield Parrish
Maxfield Parrish
Maxfield Parrish
Maxfield Parrish
Maxfield Parrish
Maxfield Parrish
Maxfield Parrish
Maxfield Parrish

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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This posting is part of a series of articles comprising an online exhibit spotlighting Illustration.