"Thornton Utz has no set formula for working," wrote Ernest W. Watson in his 1957 American Artist article.
"He works on glass and acetate as well as on canvas and illustration board. He starts with ink or pencil and may develop the picture with melted crayons, watercolor, oil or casein, generally mixing his mediums.'
"One is quickly impressed by Utz's inventiveness and ingenuity. He is always doing the unexpected in his painting and nothing daunts him."
And speaking about his own philosophy on the subject, Utz said, "Good illustration, regardless of techniques, still has a basic purpose - communication. Borrowing from a painter can be inspirational, but this is simply a beginning. The important thing is the illustrator's empathy to the situation, his sense of form and design and his ability to translate this into the viewers appreciation and understanding."
Thornton Utz sincerely believed in this philosophy: both pieces above are taken from the same August 1954 Cosmopolitan story, and the more 'traditional' style at top was done only two years previous to that. Art directors don't seem to have been daunted by expecting the unexpected from the ever-experimenting Thornton Utz.
I wonder why?
* My Thornton Utz Flickr set.