Despite his diminutive-sounding name, Robert Bugg was big on talent.If certain illustrators might be categorized as "Sundblom-ish" or "from the Al Parker school" of designy illustration, then I'd place Robert Bugg squarely in Albert Dorne's camp.
Like Dorne, Robert Bugg was equally adept at drawing and painting humorous, caricatured styles as he was at more realistic interpretations. And like Dorne, his work always radiates a certain homey, smalltown charm, even when the subject matter is supposed to suggest an air of sophistication.
But perhaps the most telling parallel is that both Dorne and Bugg were able to create effortless-looking crowd scenes. I've always had the greatest admiration for any illustrator who can do that!
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