Thursday, April 20, 2006
Peak at the plate
By 1967 Bob Peak was well past being the hot young newcomer who had turned the commercial art world on its ear. He had already been named "Artist of the Year" by the Artists Guild of New York in 1961 and would be elected to the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame just 10 years after this piece appeared in Boy's Life in April of 1967.
Walt Reed's Illustrator in America tells us that Peak had decided early on to stop looking at the work of other artists and focus on thoughtful experimentation from his own unique point of view. Pieces like the one above were the result and subsequently brought him unprecedented success - and countless imitators.
You can see this illustration at full size in my Bob Peak Flickr set.