by FAS grad Christina Cooper
by FAS grad Pam Rice
by FAS grad Robert Heindel
by FAS grad Charles Reid
by FAS instructor Dolph LeMoult
Albert Dorne never had any formal art training, though as a young boy he spent much time studying the paintings in New York museums. After a short career as a professional boxer, he became an apprentice with several prominent illustrators. When he began his freelance career, his illustrations appeared in every popular magazine of the day and in 1943 he was recognized by American Artist magazine as “one of the best and highest-paid in the field of advertising illustration.”
Norman Rockwell is perhaps America’s best known and most loved artist, combining superb technique and artistic knowledge in his huge body of work. As a boy, he paid his own way through art school. His first commission was illustrating a children’s book. With his first cover for the Saturday Evening Post, his amazing career was launched. His distinctive calendars, poster, book illustrations, and magazine illustrations are world-famous.
John Atherton studied at the California School of Fine Arts. He began his career as a commercial artist in New York, but later turned to fine art and had a number of successful exhibitions of his paintings. He designed many posters for organizations such as Defense Bonds and Artists for Victory, and went on to illustrate more than 40 covers for the Saturday Evening Post.
Al Parker was known as the “Dean of Illustrators” and was credited with creating a new school of illustration art. His style was much imitated, so he worked in a variety of styles, media, and themes in order to distinguish himself from his imitators. He was particularly well known for his series of “Mother and Daughter” covers, among more than 50 cover illustrations he painted for the Ladies Home Journal.
Harold von Schmidt worked as a cowhand, lumberjack, and mule skinner before becoming a successful painter of western scenes. Because of his varied experiences, his paintings have a strong stamp of authenticity. He illustrated numerous stories, painting most of his illustrations in oils. He liked to work large which allowed him to paint with more freedom.
Stevan Dohanos was the son of poor Hungarian immigrants and had to quit school to help support his family. His first drawings were copies from calendars. Eventually, he was able to attend art school at night. He had a long and successful career as a commercial artist, producing hundreds of magazine covers and story illustrations, and designing many commemorative stamps for the United States Postal Service.
Austin Briggs won more than 75 art awards and five medals from the Society of Illustrators during his career. He began drawing at the age of four, but it was many years before he had his first big assignment for the Saturday Evening Post. From then on, he produced illustrations for almost every major magazine, posters, portraits, book illustrations, and record albums.
Fred Ludekens had had no formal training in art when he landed his first job as a billboard painter. Over the years, he combined producing art with acting as creative director for advertising agencies. He worked in a variety of mediums, often depicting rural scenes such as fruit ranches, coastal scenes, and the Indians of the Southwest, and his illustrations appeared in major magazines and many books.
Ben Stahl won a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago when he was 12, and at the age of 15 was working as an apprentice in a Chicago art studio. His illustrations were featured in 750 stories in the Saturday Evening Post, as well as in many other magazines and books. He was featured in a television series, Journey into Art with Ben Stahl, 26 half-hour programs consisting of lectures and painting demonstrations by the artist.
Jon Whitcomb, creator of the “Whitcomb girl,” was best known for his illustrations of beautiful, glamorous women. Whitcomb was a pioneer in the switch from oil to gouache for illustrations, and the different qualities obtained by gouache changed his designs. He zoomed in on people, usually pretty young city women, and reduced the background to simple design elements. His new style of illustrations appeared in Collier’s Weekly, Good Housekeeping, and many other magazines.
Robert Fawcett was known to his colleagues as the “illustrator’s illustrator” because of his artistic versatility. He was trained as a fine artist, but found it too difficult to make a living, so he switched to commercial art at which he was very successful. He was an excellent draftsman and designer, with a strong eye for detail, and his illustrations appeared in a wide selection of books and magazines.
Peter Helck specialized in depicting race cars. He estimated that he had produced more than 600 sketches, drawings, and paintings during his career. Helck developed an early interest in automobiles, and as a boy caught rides with a race car driver on test drives. He was also well known for his heroic compositions with American industrial scenes as his subjects. His book, The Checkered Flag, contains 120 vivid drawings of antique automobiles and racing cars.