Sheilah Beckett (1913-2013) was an American illustrator. She provided artwork for magazines, advertisements, paperback covers, record albums, murals, greeting cards, and most notably, fairy-tale and children’s books. She is responsible for illustrating more than 70 books, including The Twelve Dancing Princesses, initially published in 1954, and which was just brought back into print. In 2005, through Xlibris she self-published The Six Wives of Henry the VIII.
Finally, she was also the first woman employed by the Charles E. Cooper studio as an illustrator, and amazingly enough, much like the artist spotlighted last week, entirely self-taught! She passed away on November 17th, 2013, and despite her advanced age stayed active until the very last moment. At the time she was was illustrating a retelling of Thelated for Sep. 9th, 2014, and on which she worked digitally, with a Wacom tablet in Photoshop!
You can find more about her life here and here, and some galleries of her work, here and here, the latter link is a Facebook page dedicated to her memory and art. For your enjoyment I’ve selected some favorites below. Absolutely worth your time! Read More
Filip Acovic is a Serbian artist whose painted work is equal parts amazing and chilling. You can find his takes on anything from comic-book characters to video games on deviantArt. I stumbled across his work thanks to his excellent rendition of Norgal from Andrew MacLean’s Head Lopper. Some favorites below, and definitely make sure to check out more of his work, definitely well worth it! Read More
Dark Horse Presents #35
Nice mix of comics this week, a couple of new ones, and some older. Plus, just what is DC thinking with some of their recently announced relaunches? Finally, some other neat comics you should check out.
Dark Horse Presents #35 - For longer than I’ve been alive Stan Sakai has been writing and illustrating Usagi Yojimbo, and yet it wasn’t until recently that I actually read the first two volumes (published by Fantagraphics). It was all I could hope for, and more. A wandering samurai, and all that entails, plus anthropomorphic characters that make the world visually interesting. If you haven’t yet experienced the rabbit ronin, than this is your chance! Plus comics from the likes of Brendan McCarthy, Darrin Grimwood, Justin Aclin, Nicolás Daniel Selma, Marlac, Christopher Sebela, Brian Churilla, Dave Stewart, Dean Motter, Michael T. Gilbert, Dennis Culver, Sloane Leong, Chad Lambert, Apri Kusbiantoro, Jamie S. Rich, Brent Schoonover, and more! The anthology everyone should be reading! Read More
Franklin Booth (1874-1948) was an American artist, who is well known for his pen-and-ink illustrations. His unique style was born when as a child growing up in rural Indiana he began imitating what he saw in the magazines of the day. Little did he know that those illustrations were wood-engraved images, and that the line and feel of the image were a product of the engraver. Ignorant of that fact he recreated the effect by pen, which in turn taught him an incredible control and understanding of lines that later translated into his amazing art.
His illustrations appeared in books by James Whitcomb Riley, Mark Twain, Theodore Dreiser, Archibald Rutledge, Meredith Nicholson, and Caroline D. Owen, as well as others. He also contributed illustrations to the war effort during WWI. Finally, his work has been an inspiration to many, from his contemporaries, to later artists like Virgil Finlay, Roy Krenkel, Frank Frazetta, Hal Foster, Alex Raymond, Berni Wrightson, and Frank Cho.
You can find some of his work online, including his color work, which is equally great, here, and here. There are two print books collecting his work, Franklin Booth: American Illustrator and Franklin Booth: Painter with a Pen, but neither is particularly affordable. Plus, I’ve selected some favorites below! Read More
James R. Eads is multi-disciplinary artist with a formal education in printmaking and painting, which he has since combined into a single art form: digital painting with an emphasis on high quality limited edition prints. He runs his own print-shop, and has also worked on music related projects for the likes of Phish, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Andrew Bird. Whether music-centric or otherwise his work is absolutely beautiful! You can find his art on tumblr, facebook, and instagram, as well as some favorites below! Read More