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Celebrating Illustration, Design, Cartoon and Comic Art of the Mid-20th Century

Lynd Ward in the '60s: Part 1

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Even in Lynd Ward's day the average fee for illustrating an entire book made wood engraving a financially unfeasible technique. In such cases, not surprisingly, Ward turned to other speedier techniques and materials. As mentioned in yesterday's post, among those Ward had a natural affinity for, pen and ink drawing was a favourite.

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This series, reprinted in a 1963 issue of Children's Digest magazine (from a book published a year earlier) demonstrates again Ward's versatility and skill.

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I'll leave you to study and enjoy these attractive pictures and mention only to take note of Ward's pleasing compositions, greatly enhanced by the use of just one spot colour over black and white.

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Ward illustrated several children's books written by his wife, May McNeer. The writer's credit on this story, however, is for Nanda Ward, Lynd's daughter. Lynd and Nanda co-created at least two other books that I could find; The Black Sombrero (1952)...

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... and The High Flying Hat (1956).

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