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Celebrating Illustration, Design, Cartoon and Comic Art of the Mid-20th Century

Illustrating Water

Monday, June 26, 2006


On his blog, Illustration Art, David Apatoff recently presented a two-part post on painting water, focusing in the second half on illustrator Stanley Meltzoff, who goes so far as to actually paint under water!

I was intrigued by those two posts and thought it might be fun this week to look at how a variety of illustrators from the 50's dealt with water, both above and below the waves, starting with these two monochromatic treatments by two relatively unknown - though certainly accomplished - illustrators from Argosy magazine.

9 comments

  1. These are great pieces, particularly "The Survivors". Water is without a doubt one of the more challenging elements that any illustrator is required to interpret, and these are two brilliant examples!

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  2. Nice ones. The the first being reminiscent of the opening shot of 'Sunset Blvd'.

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  3. wow, great illustrations... I wish real water looked that good...

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  4. skipgoforth10:11 PM

    Hey Lief! You got mentioned on www.boingboing.net!

    Congratulations...I have always loved your postings!

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  5. yes, nice illustrations indeed, but cibbuano, what do you mean "i wish real water looked that good"? seen any glacier fed streams and pools lately? or the ocean for that matter? can't beat the real thing...

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  6. Insightful comments and great pictures. Keep on keeping on.

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  7. Really beautyful....

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  8. Very humbling. The illustrators of that era were truly masterful.

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  9. Anonymous5:35 PM

    Stanley is not really painting underwater. He has no mask and is, therefore, virtually blind. Check his web site for further info. www.stanleymeltzoff.com

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