Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Fawcett's Poirot

David Apatoff of Illustration Art blog continues his narrative on Robert Fawcett:

"Today's Inspiration-- another in the Agatha Christie Herule Poirot
series-- is a perfect example of the strengths and weaknesses of
illustrator Robert Fawcett. He was partially color blind, so the
color in his pictures often looked a little peculiar. Furthermore, his
work reproduced in Colliers was diminished by their inferior printing
process and paper quality. But in the end, his drawing was so
brilliant that it overcame all handicaps. Look at the posture of the
sales clerk, and the confidence with which Fawcett depicted the
rumpled pants and shirt. Notice the way Fawcett honed in on the tilt
of Poirot's body, his raised eyebrow, the battered valise. Many
Colliers readers would pass quickly over such illustrations, but
illustrators of the day would study Fawcett's drawing and swoon."

Be sure to check out the full size version of this image in my Robert Fawcett Flickr set.

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