Friday, March 24, 2006

Briggs Condensed

Like a lot of other illustrators, Austin Briggs did a great many illustrations for Reader's Digest Condensed Books. This wealth of beautiful imagery might have escaped notice if not for the generousity of a Today's Inspiration contributor who wishes to remain anonymous. As well, Drazen Kozjan shares another Briggs article, this one from "Illustrating for the Saturday Evening Post" - thanks again, Drazen!

All this wonderful stuff is now available at larger sizes in my Austin Briggs Flickr set.

Finally, some readers may not know that for a time during the 30's Austin Briggs was the artist of Alex Raymond's newspaper comicstrip, Flash Gordon. And speaking of Alex Raymond and Flash Gordon (how's that for a segué?), go take a look at David Apatoff's current post over at Illustration Art for a fascinating discourse entitled " THE BATTLE BETWEEN GOOD TASTE AND GOOD ART".


  1. These are wonderful. Thanks for sharing. The new material added to the Flickr site is inspiring. Especially the two color pieces.

  2. That's great to hear, Dom! If you find inspiration here, then we've done our job! ;-)