PopMuse: Illustration http://popmu.se Musings of stuff en-us Copyright 2007-2020 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ THE ENERGY OF THE 1960s, part 2 http://illustrationart.blogspot.com/2020/06/the-energy-of-1960s-part-2.html http://illustrationart.blogspot.com/2020/06/the-energy-of-1960s-part-2.html Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:35:14 UTC at ILLUSTRATION ART Prior to the 1960s, most illustrations would dutifully focus on the subject matter being illustrated.� The content would normally be placed front and center.� But as illustrators acquired more freedom, the aesthetics of the picture increasingly dominated the subject matter.For example, believe it or not this is an illustration of an airplane:Verne BowenAnd here is an illustration of an aircraft carrier:�Austin BriggsAnd this is an illustration of a commuter train:Robert WeaverEven fairly conventional depictions of subjects such as technical machinery could be jazzed up with bold brushwork and bright colors in the background:Neil BoyleSometimes the efforts to make machinery look "arty" were more successful than others:Ed BroussardAs an example of the changes brought by the 60s, this picture of a refinery was painted by Al Dorne around 1950:Al DorneBut by the 1960s even refineries were looking for a bolder, more artistic image:Dave PassalacquaIt can be fun fun to trace the development of individual artists during this era.� �Robert Handville started the 60s working like this:Robert HandvilleBy the end of the decade, his illustrations were far more radical:Robert HandvilleSome of the artistic freedoms that opened up in the 1960s remain available to illustrators today.� Some died a well deserved death.� But the 60s were remarkable as a period of strong experimentation where illustrators were eager to try new things, and after a while art directors and even clients encouraged them to do so. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Character Design Challenge #465– RPG Character Classes Challenge – Part4 –Monks and Martial Artists http://www.heromachine.com/2020/06/01/character-design-challenge-465-rpg-character-classes-challenge-part4-monks-and-martial-artists/ http://www.heromachine.com/2020/06/01/character-design-challenge-465-rpg-character-classes-challenge-part4-monks-and-martial-artists/ Tue, 02 Jun 2020 00:31:18 UTC djuby at HeroMachine Character Portrait Creator For the next few weeks we will be building a team of RPG characters based on the following classes: Warrior/Fighter, Knight/Paladin, Barbarian/Berserker, Monk/Martial Artist, Archer/Ranger, Thief/Rogue/Assassin, Priest/Healer, Mage/Wizard, and finally Summoner/Necromancer/Druid. Your CDC challenge this week is to create an … Continue reading → http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Character Design Challenge #464– RPG Character Classes Challenge – Part3 – Barbarians and Berserkers – Results http://www.heromachine.com/2020/06/01/character-design-challenge-464-rpg-character-classes-challenge-part3-barbarians-and-berserkers-results/ http://www.heromachine.com/2020/06/01/character-design-challenge-464-rpg-character-classes-challenge-part3-barbarians-and-berserkers-results/ Tue, 02 Jun 2020 00:23:16 UTC djuby at HeroMachine Character Portrait Creator Honourable mention this week goes to Extremely EPIC... ...and runner up this week is Cant Draw. Great body position and colour. And the win this week goes to... King Slaughter. Really nice work. The figure is powerful and the colour … Continue reading → http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ THE ENERGY OF THE 1960s, part 1 http://illustrationart.blogspot.com/2020/06/the-energy-of-1960s-part-1.html http://illustrationart.blogspot.com/2020/06/the-energy-of-1960s-part-1.html Mon, 01 Jun 2020 18:25:30 UTC at ILLUSTRATION ART In the 1960s illustration exploded with energy.�The '60s were a decade of revolution and free love, of rock n' roll and civil rights protests.� After decades working on careful, skilled images,�illustrators were unleashed to experiment with bolder,� more innovative styles.Some tried an uncontrolled look, with spasmodic, convulsive lines and spattered, loose washes.Bill HofmanBernie FuchsAnother popular style was slashing, violent lines suitable for the dynamic times.Neil BoyleNeil Boyle (detail)George Roth (detail)John GundelfingerCliff CondakCliff Condak (detail)�Jim JonsonJim Jonson (detail)I like this look for its aggressive energy, its spontaneity, and most of all for its very human fingerprint.� There were many other stylistic innovations in the 60s as well.� Advertising agencies would advertise for artists with hot new ideas.� This 1963 ad from Young & Rubicam made clear what kind of talent they were seeking:I've previously told the story of Bernie Fuchs, whose innovative work in the early 60s for magazines such as McCall's made him the hottest illustrator in town. When art director Richard Gangel hired Fuchs for his first assignment for Sports Illustrated, he demanded that Fuchs push himself even further: "I don't want any of that shit you do for McCall's," he said.With time, some of the innovations of the 60s became moderated and domesticated. They remain today as cliches of illustration, like the faint echo of the big bang. But I thought it would be fun to spend a few days looking at them in their original savage state, to see if they have anything interesting to offer.� http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Character Design Challenge #463– RPG Character Classes Challenge – Part 2 – Knights and Paladins – Prize for Kellkin http://www.heromachine.com/2020/05/30/character-design-challenge-463-rpg-character-classes-challenge-part-2-knights-and-paladins-prize-for-kellkin/ http://www.heromachine.com/2020/05/30/character-design-challenge-463-rpg-character-classes-challenge-part-2-knights-and-paladins-prize-for-kellkin/ Sun, 31 May 2020 02:25:41 UTC djuby at HeroMachine Character Portrait Creator Kellkin's Paladin Anestra... My version inspired by Kellkin's design... Congrats again on the win! � http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ BULL http://illustrationart.blogspot.com/2020/05/bull.html http://illustrationart.blogspot.com/2020/05/bull.html Thu, 28 May 2020 13:49:16 UTC at ILLUSTRATION ART In 1967 Bernie Fuchs drew this bull for an ad for the Henry Schroeder Banking Corporation.� Eight years later, artist Susan Rothenberg rocked the fine art world with this picture of a horse:When Ms. Rothenberg passed away last week, The Washington Post extolled her as "one of the most acclaimed and influential artists of the past half century."Why?� The�New Yorker explained the "asteroidal impact" of Ms. Rothenberg's horse pictures:[T]he effect of the horse paintings that Rothenberg sprang on the world in 1975... was like an asteroid impact....her huge paintings in acrylics made some of us laugh with sheer wonderment....The works conveyed anger, exaltation, and self-abandoning intrepidity.�The Fuchs picture is a far superior design; it's a more sensitive and observant portrayal of the animal, with a more powerful use of dense blacks, artfully contrasted with light, lacy drawings of broken china.� It is a more mature, sophisticated piece.� It even has a discernible, layered meaning. Yet, we must all concede that the Rothenberg picture is stronger in the "self-abandoning intrepidity" department.Fuchs' failure to master self-abandoning intrepidity will always remain a serious drawback to his art. But he did seem able to tell the difference between a horse and bull. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Nerdmudgeon reviews “Iron Man 2”! http://www.heromachine.com/2020/05/27/nerdmudgeon-reviews-iron-man-2/ http://www.heromachine.com/2020/05/27/nerdmudgeon-reviews-iron-man-2/ Thu, 28 May 2020 00:10:03 UTC AFDStudios at HeroMachine Character Portrait Creator Didn't get enough Iron Man in our last episode? Check out the latest from Nerdmudgeon as we discuss "Iron Man 2"! It's filled with all the secrets THEY DIDN'T WANT YOU TO KNOW!* http://nerdmudgeon.com/iron-man-2 *There are no actual secrets in … Continue reading → http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Character Design Challenge #464– RPG Character Classes Challenge – Part3 – Barbarians and Berserkers http://www.heromachine.com/2020/05/25/character-design-challenge-464-rpg-character-classes-challenge-part3-barbarians-and-berserkers/ http://www.heromachine.com/2020/05/25/character-design-challenge-464-rpg-character-classes-challenge-part3-barbarians-and-berserkers/ Mon, 25 May 2020 22:24:40 UTC djuby at HeroMachine Character Portrait Creator For the next few weeks we will be building a team of RPG characters based on the following classes: Warrior/Fighter, Knight/Paladin, Barbarian/Berserker, Monk/Martial Artist, Archer/Ranger, Thief/Rogue/Assassin, Priest/Healer, Mage/Wizard, and finally Summoner/Necromancer/Druid.� Your CDC challenge this week is to create an … Continue reading → http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Character Design Challenge #463– RPG Character Classes Challenge – Part 2 – Knights and Paladins – Results http://www.heromachine.com/2020/05/25/character-design-challenge-463-rpg-character-classes-challenge-part-2-knights-and-paladins-results/ http://www.heromachine.com/2020/05/25/character-design-challenge-463-rpg-character-classes-challenge-part-2-knights-and-paladins-results/ Mon, 25 May 2020 22:19:39 UTC djuby at HeroMachine Character Portrait Creator Another great turn out with tone of talent on display. Honourable mention does to Rapidosian. A very powerful figure, indeed. Runner up this week goes to ExtremelyEPIC. Excellent item use, just a little hard to read in places. And the … Continue reading → http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Character Design Challenge #462– RPG Character Classes Challenge – Part 1 – Warriors and Fighters – Prizes for Suleman and CantDraw http://www.heromachine.com/2020/05/22/character-design-challenge-462-rpg-character-classes-challenge-part-1-warriors-and-fighters-prizes-for-suleman-and-cantdraw/ http://www.heromachine.com/2020/05/22/character-design-challenge-462-rpg-character-classes-challenge-part-1-warriors-and-fighters-prizes-for-suleman-and-cantdraw/ Fri, 22 May 2020 18:57:06 UTC djuby at HeroMachine Character Portrait Creator Suleman and CantDraw's winning pieces ; Magpie and Annalise My versions based on the original designs... Congrats again on the wins. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/