This is Murray Tinkelman...
... and this is Murray Tinkelman...
... and this is Murray Tinkelman too.
All these examples, taken from the first two decades of Tinkelman's career, suggest that the restless illustrator rarely settled twice on the same visual solution to any given problem.
That is to say, Tinkelman took the notion that success could result only from working in one style and turned it on its head.
But, some might protest, wouldn't art directors shy away from an illustrator working in so many styles, fearing that they might get unpredictable results when he delivered his assignments?
In fact by the time Murray Tinkelman discovered what would become his 'signature style' (below) he had already won a gold certificate and twenty-seven certificates of merit from the Society of Illustrators and an award of merit from the New York Art Directors' Club (among many others) through his stylistic explorations.
"I enjoy variety and I try to use style in the same way a typographer uses type faces," said Tinkelman in a 1970 interview in American Artist magazine. "The style is not dictated by whim, nor by the art director, but by the problem the job presents."
This is just a taste... Murray Tinkelman will be the subject of a week of posts on Today's Inspiration in the near future. For those who can't wait, Murray has already been interviewed by Neil Shapiro in Illustration Magazine #16 and by Dan Zimmer in IM # 23, both available here.
* My Murray Tinkelman Flickr set.