Sunday, July 6, 2008

On Hiatus

For the time being Illustration Station is on hiatus due to technical reasons.

I hope to have it back online in the near future. Thanks for your support!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Mel Crawford

Mel Crawford
Born Canada 1925
Illustrator/teacher/fine artist

Of all the artists' work I've shown samples of I don't think I've shown anyone as versatile as Mel Crawford, an illustrator with superior skills.

These are two examples of his work in wildly divergent styles. Fury, a Little Golden Book from 1958, is done in a straight illustrative style. The figure drawing, and especially the horse, are superb.

Yogi Bear and The Cranky Magician is from the Top Top Tales series published by Whitman, copyright 1963 by Hanna-Barbera productions. It's done in a wonderful H-B animation style. It seems Crawford could draw anything. Most artists would be lucky to be so skilled in one style or the other, much less both.

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Fury Takes The Jump
©1958 Television Programs of America, Inc.

Yogi Bear and The Cranky Magician
©1963 Hanna-Barbera Productions

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Lynd Ward

Lynd Ward
Born 1905 - Died 1985
American illustrator

Ward, who has a previous entry here, was a prolific illustrator using several different mediums and techniques for his artwork. These attractive duotone illustrations were done for the book The Treasure of Topo-El-Bampo by Scott O'Dell, and ©1972 by Houghton Mifflin.

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