Friday, November 18, 2005
...three fairly typical examples of Jones' work for the Saturday Evening Post. I assume Jones was hard at work producing advertising art at the Cooper Studios for several years before regularly contributing to the Post, and that must be how he honed his illustrative chops. Many other Post artists gradually developed their styles in print over a decade or so, but as far as I can tell this was not the case with Jones. He appeared there seemingly out of nowhere, fully formed and producing first rate work, at the end of the 50's and into the early 60's.
What's interesting to me about these three pieces is that Jones used exactly the same compositional trick to create dynamic tension in each of these boy/girl scenarios - the extended arm of the one player crossing over the second.
I'm not pointing this out to suggest Jones was lazy or that I spotted a flaw, but rather how well the composition works and how unique and exciting each piece is in spite of the same approach in all three. Jones cleary understood, "you don't fix what ain't broke"!
Next week: A look at the work of 50's cartoonist Lowell Hess. I know absolutely nothing about Hess' background and so far haven't located anything online so if you have any info you could share, please do!