I love the work of James R. Bingham.
Sometimes I feel badly that - while Today's Inspiration has been around for about five years now - there are so many worthy illustrators I haven't even showcased once. Meanwhile, I've highlighted Bingham's work several times already.
There's something about Bingham's approach that just really grabs me. While firmly rooted in the classic "realistic" approach to illustration, Bingham managed to put his own unique, appealing stylistic stamp on everything he did.
And though he did not adopt the "new direction" to illustration that evolved during the early 60's, he did experiment with a variety of mediums and techniques that presented the viewer with fresh and sometimes startling approaches to similar subject matter. I get the sense that, within his comfort zone, Bingham liked to keep things interesting for himself.
So this week, let's take a look at one of my favourite illustrators of the 50's, James R. Bingham.
These images have been added to my James R. Bingham Flickr set.