Howard Willard is the perfect artist to segue to after last Friday's quick look at W. David Shaw. There are some striking similarities to the styles of these two illustrators.
So striking, in fact, that I initially mistook their work as being done by the same person. Of course, on closer examination, the nuances of individual style became apparent.
But consider: Shaw had a background in sign painting, and Howard Willard was said to be passionate about typography. It is this calligraphic background that informs the work of both artists and is responsible for what has been described as a "written" line style.
Howard Willard was the subject of an article by Henry C. Pitz in the June 1950 issue of American Artist magazine. This week, we'll take a closer look at what Pitz described as Willard's "nomadic chronology" and how a life of world travel influenced both the style and substance of his art.
This week; Howard Willard's 'written line'.
* My Howard Willard Flickr set.