Tagged: time magazine
  1. 12

    Aug 2014

    Charles Dana Gibson (1867 – 1944)

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    Today’s dose of inspiration is from the acclaimed American illustrator, Charles Dana Gibson, whom is best known for his emblematic creation The Gibson Girl.

    1867, baby Gibson is born to a creative and wealthy family. A head-start that an ambitious young Gibson would use as a springboard. At the age of eight, after watching his father, he started cutting silhouettes and by twelve he was selling them. By his mid-teens, after dabbling with sculpture under the guise of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, he picked up a penchant for pen and ink.

    Soon after he enrolled in an Art Students League, but had to leave at the age of eighteen due to family financial troubles. Out of school and looking for work, Mr Gibson ventured unsuccessfully to get a job. However, in 1886 he managed to sell one of his illustrations to LIFE magazine. A then newly established magazine, attempting to compete with the likes of Puck and Judge.

    The public took a strong liking to Mr Gibson’s satirical portrayal of high society. So as his popularity rose, so to did his importance to the magazine. Going from a salary of $33 to $185 in just three months. Obviously with such popularity Mr Gibson was soon approached by other magazines including Scribner’s, Century, Harper’s, and Time (then named Tid-Bits).

    In 1890, he started drawing The Gibson Girl. With only a slim argument to the contrary, it is widely accepted his wife, Irene Langhorne Gibson was the basis and model for her. The Gibson Girl’s importance as a public figure cannot be slighted. The youthful Gibson Girl was the visual embodiment of a new feminine ideal, described at the time as the “New Woman”. She was confident and glamorous, from her creation up until World War I, she set the standard for fashion and decorum.

    The success of Mr Gibson’s girl was phenomenal, his demand and fees were so great that at the height of his career his annual salary had reached $75,000. In 1904 he had even signed a four-year contract with Condé Nast to produce 100 illustrations for the sum of $100,000.

    On top of his own personal illustrative successes Mr Gibson founded the Society of Illustrators. He helped the war effort by assembling a group of illustrators (including James Montgomery Flagg, J.C. Leyendecker, and Howard Chandler Christy) to set up The Division of Pictorial Publicity whom produced all those famous wonderful and patriotic posters. He, along with some other illustrators, writers, and staff members bought LIFE magazine.

    In his retirement he finally put down the pen and ink and picked up oil painting. In 1944, at the age of 77, suffered a heart attack and died a few weeks later.

    Charles Dana Gibson’s importance and impact, though praised at the time, nowadays does not get the attention it duly deserves. His skills along with his tenacity were, and probably still are, unrivaled. You would be hard pressed to think of an another illustrator whom has had equal cultural and financial success. To see more of Mr Gibson’s work I strongly suggest picking up a copy of The Gibson Girl and Her America.

  2. 16

    May 2013

    Jason Seiler

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    Schoolism teacher Jason Seiler is an award winning artist with a humorous style and sound technique. His portraits capture ‘that special something’ which makes them intriguing and engaging. Jason’s clients make for an impressive list and include Time Magazine, Penguin Group, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. To see more visit his excellent website and his agent’s, Richard Solomon. I love that Susan Boyle piece!

  3. 18

    Jan 2013

    Fashion Fridays ~ Anne Lück

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    Anne Lück is an illustrator from Germany and currently lives in Berlin. She uses thin lines and contrasting colours to great effect in her work. I was impressed to find she had her own Wikipedia page, and she also has a lovely website. If you’d like to find out a bit more about her, she has been interviewed on Design made in Germany.

    Clients include Adidas, Time, Cosmopolitan and The Bavarian State Forestry.

  4. 14

    Jul 2012

    Daniel Egnéus

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    This spectacular work is from Sweden-born illustrator Daniel Egnéus. In his short professional career, Mr. Egnéus has worked with some large clients such as Penguin Books, Pepsi Cola, Marie Claire, Time Magazine and BMW. More impressive then his list of client is that in March 2005 Daniel Egnéus was voted “best illustrator” by the Association of Illustrators UK.

    At his point I would normally go on to share my interpretation of his illustrations, but I feel I cannot top the words already said on his website:

    “Lucid, dreamy and vibrant illustrations reflect the enticing inner world of highly regarded artist, Daniel Egnéus. With no formal education except for life itself, Daniel sees everyday life and art as one inseparable whole. His work is an expression of his colorful and rich life in Milano and Rome, filled with friends and a wonderful girlfriend, and not least his daydreaming, which finds its way into his work, inspiring us with it’s beauty and depth.”

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