Isn't it great when you get at least one Christmas gift you were really, really, REALLY hoping for? In my case, that gift was a copy of Illustrating for the Saturday Evening Post.When I posted those hilarious and bizarre gun ads just before Christmas, one well-wishing commentor hoped Santa would bring me a clue. Well Santa, many, many thanks... for bringing me a clue to the long lost details of the careers and lives of so many fantastic illustrators! This book will be an indispensible resource - second only to my copy of Walt Reed's Illustrator in America - when I'm trying to locate background info on the artists we showcase here at Today's Inspiration.
For instance, this fascinating anecdote about illustrator Saul Tepper: that's him posing in the reference photo for the illustration he eventually completed (below) for a 1940's issue of the Post. How cool it is to be able to find out now that, when the story asked for a "plump" model, no modelling agency could provide one! And that the artist spent several evenings in Latin clubs trying to find a Hispanic girl who would fit the bill - and was willing to pose for the artist. Neat!
So thanks to that anonymous commentor and thanks to Santa for bringing me the clue I was hoping to get!