Archive for the ‘illustration’ Category

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Why should an illustrator join an animation group?

Classic Illustration Kay Nielsen

What do these illustrators have in common? Gustaf Tenggren, Mary Blair, Kay Nielsen, Harper Goff and Eldon Dedini… They all worked as concept artists in animation.

Why should an illustrator be a member of an animation group? Because the fundamental principles of design used in animation are the same as the ones used in illustration. The fields of animation and illustration have a lot to offer each other. Animation Resources is committed to acting as a bridge between a wide range of related creative fields.

Every other month, Animation Resources members receive an e-book full of high resolution images. Past e-books have featured L’Illustration magazine issues from the mid 1930s, steel engravings by Gustav Dore, the woodcuts of Hans Holbein and the German Art Nouveau magazine Jugend. But that’s not all. There are plenty of other reasons for an illustrator to be a member of Animation Resources. For more information on all the great perks you get for joining during our Members Appreciation Month, check out this link…

PERKS OF JOINING TODAY
http://animationresources.org/wannabeamember/

You might know Animation Resources from our posts on Facebook and the WWW, but there is a lot more to us than just our web pages. For the past decade, Animation Resources has been building a digital archive dedicated to serving creative professionals and students. Take 20 minutes and watch this video demonstrating our digital archive…

ANIMATION ARCHIVE VIDEO
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL0G3x7GRQ0&t=7s

If you would like to see some samples of the illustrators featured in our collection, see the Animation Resources Illustration Jump Page. Click through the links and you’ll discover a whole universe of inspiration…

ILLUSTRATION JUMP PAGE
http://animationresources.org/illustration/

Once you see the full impact of what Animation Resources does, we think you will want to be a part of it… even if you aren’t an animator.

JOIN Animation Resources Today!
http://animationresources.org/membership/levels/

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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.

Monday, January 16th, 2017

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

IllustrationIllustration

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