[Retrospective] The Art of Marianne Stokes

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Marianne Stokes, born Marianne Preindlsberger, (1855-1927) was an Austrian painter, who studied in Munich, then later worked in Paris, and finally, thanks to marrying landscape painter Adrian Scott Stokes (1854-1935), settled in England, where she became one of the leading artists of Victorian England.

Beginning in the late 1890′s, inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite movement, she began painting in tempera and gesso, abandoning oils. She also focused increasingly on portraits of religious and historical subject. Additionally, alongside her husband she traveled considerably abroad. The areas of travel included the Tyrol, Hungary, Romania, Dalmatia, and Slovakia. Her focus on portraiture, which featured highly detailed garments, provided a valuable record of the local cultures wherever they traveled.

There’s an excellent resource about her work here from 1901 (under the name Mrs. Adrian Stokes, which she took on after her marriage), plus there are prints and galleries of her artwork, here, here, here, and here, and some favorites below! Read More

The Art of Michael Dialynas

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Michael Dialynas is an artist and illustrator from Athens, Greece. His work was featured in the second and third volumes of Spera. Also, alongside writer Steve Horton he is responsible for Amala’s Blade, which was first serialized in Dark Horse Presents Vol. 2 #9-11, then got a four issue mini-series, and finally was collected in Amala’s Blade: Spirits of Naamaronwhich just came out in February. There seems to be a second collected edition on the horizon, sometime in December, Amala’s Blade: Powers of Naamaron. Finally, you may have noticed his artwork in Superior Spider-man Team-Up Special #1, from a little while back.

More immediately, Dialynas will be doing the art on the upcoming The Woods, written by James Tynion IV, and coming from BOOM! Studios in May. Which I will certainly be picking up, and am rather excited for! Anyway, suffice to say he’s a busy guy, and that his artwork is fantastic. Check it out! You can find him on deviantArt, facebook, tumblr, twitter, and of course his main blog, plus some favorites below. Read More

[Retrospective] The Art of Sheilah Beckett

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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

The Art of Filip Acovic

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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 LopperSome favorites below, and definitely make sure to check out more of his work, definitely well worth it! Read More

[Retrospective] The Art of Franklin Booth

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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

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