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
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
Carlos Schwabe (1866-1926) was a painter, printmaker, and illustrator. He was born in Germany, raised in Switzerland, and lived most of his life in France, where he was a part of the Symbolist movement. His paintings focused on mythological and allegorical themes, and his illustrations were featured in the likes of Zola‘s Le rêve (1892), Baudelaire‘s Les Fleurs du mal (1900), Maeterlinck‘s Pelléas et Mélisande (1892), and Samain‘s Jardin de l’infante (1908). His interpretation of Le Rêve enriched the work of Zola with Japanese art and Pre-Raphaelites influences. He also worked with Joséphin Péladan, an occult writer and co-founder of the Cabalistic Order of the Rosicrucian (one of several Rosicrucian secret societies), who after noticing one of Schwabe’s first paintings, The Evening Bells, entrusted him with designing the poster for the first Salon de la Rose+Croix in 1892. These salons, of which there were a total of six, included many of the prominent Symbolist painters, writers, and music composers of the period. There is an excellent volume of his art available on Amazon, plus you can find prints, and galleries, here, here, and here. Read More