On this day, March 11, 1875, Ernest Comstock Jenner was born in California. Jenner went to college in Seattle and began working as a lithographer there in 1894. He worked as an engraver and commercial artist for Western Engraving in Seattle. He was one of the group of artists who did the illustrations for the 1906 book, Cartoons and Caricatures of Seattle Citizens.
On this day, March 10, 1897, illustrator Mortimer Flaum was born in New York City. He worked for a time worked at the Rosenbaum Studios in New York. The art agency who used the initials R. S., created sheet music illustrations and post cards images. Flaum spent his whole career in commercial and advertising art.
On this day, March 9, 1907, pulp illustrator Ralph Ellef Carlson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Initially Carlson studied art by correspondence and in the early 30s he took courses at Minnesota State. In Minneapolis, Carlson worked for Fawcett Publications. In 1934 he moved to New York City where he continued to produce for the pulps and draw a variety of comics. During his service in WWII he worked for the [...]
On this day, March 8, 1968, comic artist, illustrator, and graphic novelist Ellen Forney was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Forney studied psychology at Wesleyan University. Some of Forney’s production is autobiographical and some reflects the tenor of the time. She has illustrated Sherman Alexie’s novel for young adults, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
On this day, March 7, 1838, illustrator and inventor Benjamin Henry Day, Jr. was born in New York City. After studying in Paris, Day returned to the U. S. and began working for Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper and Harper’s Weekly. Day contributed more than 20 illustrations to Mark Twain’s A Tramp Abroad but he was perhaps best known as the inventor of Ben-Day dots.
On this day, March 6, 1986, pulp illustrator Jack Binder died in Chestertown, New York. Binder’s family emigrated to the U. S. when Jack was six years old. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and then he worked in the art department of the Field Museum of Natural History. In 1937 Binder moved to New York City and began to sell illustrations to pulp magazines and [...]
On this day, March 5, 1862, illustrator of humorous drawings and children’s books, Peter Newell born McDonough County, Illinois. In the 1880s and 90s, Newell’s humorous drawings and poems appeared in numerous popular magazines. Later he wrote and illustrated children’s books. His comic strip, The Naps of Polly Sleepyhead appear in the New York Herald.
On this day, March 4, 1892, cartoonist and illustrator Rex Hayden Maxon was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. Maxon studied art in St. Louis and worked on the staff of the St. Louis Republic. He moved to New York in 1917 and worked for several newspapers. In 1929 Maxon succeeded Harold Foster as the artist on the daily Tarzan comic. In 1954 he created Turok, Son of Stone with Matt Murphy, and [...]
On this day, March 3, 2012, conceptual designer and illustrator Ralph McQuarrie died in Berkeley, California. After serving in Korea, he studied art at the Art Center School in Los Angeles. He worked as a technical illustrator for Boeing and designed film posters and some animation for CBS New’s coverage of the Apollo space program. In the 1970s McQuarrie worked for George Lucas on Star Wars, designing some of the characters [...]
On this day, March 2, 1933, illustrator Leo Dillon was born on Brooklyn, New York. Dillon was trained at Parsons School of Design in New York, where he met his wife and collaborator, Diane Dillon. Together they created both science fiction illustrations and images for children’s literature. In 1975 and 76 they were awarded consecutive Caldecott Medals for their illustrations.
On this day, March 1, 1940, Warren Dayton was born in Sacramento, California. Dayton studied at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. In the 60s Dayton pioneered reproducing wearable art on t-shirts. He produced posters during the psychedelic explosion and in 1974 he founded Prints of Peace.
On this day, February 28, 1913, illustrator John Coleman “Jack” Burroughs was born in Chicago, Illinois. The son of Edgar Rice Burroughs, at the age of 23 Jack illustrated one of his father’s books. He went on to illustrate all of his fathers books and the John Carter Sunday newspaper strip.
On this day, February 27, 1837, illustrator and author Francesca (Esther Frances) Alexander was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Her family moved to Florence, Italy when she was 16. Soon she was translating Tuscan songs and stories. These were published as the Roadside Songs of Tuscany in 1884-85. Her book Tuscan Songs was published in 1897.
On this day, February 26, 1953, comic book writer and illustrator David E. Boswell was born in Ontario, Canada. After his studies at Oakville’s Sheridan College, Boswell began drawing cartoons and comics. His underground comix Reid Fleming, World’s Toughest Milkman is based on a childhood bully.
On this day, February 25, 1961, illustrator Violet Oakley died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From a family of artists, Oakley studied at the Art Students League of New York, briefly at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and then with Howard Pyle at Drexel Institute. She had a successful career as a magazine illustrator and also as a mural painter and a stained glass artist. Oakley and her fellow illustrators Elizabeth [...]
On this day, February 24, 1921, sci fi illustrator Richard M. Powers was born in Chicago, Illinois. He studied art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, at the University of Illinois in Chicago, and at the University of Kentucky while in basic training for the U. S. Army. After service during WWII, Powers began producing illustration for science fiction, mysteries, and westerns. His first book cover commission was [...]
On this day, February 23, 1890, pulp illustrator Raymond Albert Burley was born in Ainsworth, Nebraska. Burley moved to New York City in 1916 and worked as an illustrator. He served in the infantry in WWI. Burley then studied at the Art Students League in New York and in the 20s he began selling illustrations to pulp magazines and did some book illustration.
On this day, February 22, 1987, illustrator and artist Andy Warhol died in New York City. Warhol studied commercial art at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburg. In 1949, Warhol moved to New York City and began working at a magazine and newspaper illustrator. Warhol also created illustrations for some cookbooks and for The Little Red Hen published in 1958.
On this day, February 21, 1974, painter, children’s book author and illustrator James Henry Daugherty died. He studied at the Corcoran School of Art and later with Frank Brangwyn in London. Daugherty produced posters during WWI and after wrote and illustrated several children’s books., one Daniel Boone won the Newbery Medal. His illustrations for Elkin’s Gillespie and the Guards won a Caldecott Honor.
On this day, February 20, 1900, pulp illustrator Newton H. Alfred was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Alfred served in WWI and then studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design and at the Art Students League in New York. In the 30s Alfred created illustrations for The National Guardsman Magazine and drew comic book illustrations. In the 40s Alfred began to illustrate for various pulp magazines.
On this day, February 19, 1972, animator writer and artist Tedd (Edward Stacey, III) Pierce died in California. He spent most of his career working for Warner Brothers animation studio, Termite Terrace. During his career, Pierce contributed to Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, and even provided voice work when needed.
On this day, February 18, 1931, writer and cartoonist Johnny (John Lewis) Hart was born in Endicott, New York. His work was first published in Stars and Stripes when he served in Korea in the Air Force. By 1953 Hart was having cartoon published in major magazines. His strip B.C. began appearing in 1958 and The Wizard of Id, drawn by Brant Parker appeared in 1963.
On this day, February 17, 1948, Edward B. Edwards died Los Angeles County. Edwards was a student of Jay Hambridge and was so fascinated with his teachers development of complex design forms that he wrote his own treatise on development of patterns that was published in 1932 as Dynamaryhythmic Design (this was republished by Dover as Pattern and Design with Dynamic Symmetry.)
On this day, February 16, 1925, Ed (Edmund Alexander) Emshwiller was born in Lansing, Michigan. Emsh studied at The University of Michigan, the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and at the Art Students League of New York. He created cover illustrations and story illustrations for both science fiction and for the pulps. In the 1960s Emsh pursued in interest in film with a Ford Foundation grant and eventually he taught at [...]