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

In Praise of the Little Things, Part 1

Monday, July 16, 2012

I find so many wonderful little spot drawings and cartoons in my collection of old magazines. The problem is, they are often reproduced so small and so randomly that I usually pass them by in favour of showing you some spectacular double page spread story illustration or full page ad.

This week however, I'm going to share a selection of tiny spots I've come across that are well worth more than a glance, starting with this selection of great little cartoons from various 1961 issues of Parents magazine.

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Who drew these great little spot cartoons? There was no credit line in the magazines I scanned them from. Could it be the work of Lowell Hess?

5 comments

  1. The illustrator is Dan Lawler, the de facto house illustrator for Parents Magazine and Humpty Dumpty...

    http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=7479514@N08&q=lawler

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  2. Very Clever and funny spots, love them.

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  3. I knew if anyone could positively ID this artist it would be you, Glen - thanks! :^)

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  4. They ARE lovely! One thing I'd like to see you cover from time to time is technique...I'm curious how these 60's illustrators created their "fuzzy" ink lines and pastel-like textures, and how they were prepared for reproduction. Are the originals in gray? Black? Does anyone know?

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