(part 2 in a series of 3)
The ability to evoke a narrative with great draftsmanship and a ’lively’ line is something most artists strive for – we’ll look at five illustrators that have it in abundance.
Gustav Klimt, Franklin Booth, Chris Van Allsburg, Bill Sienkiewicz and James Jean – all have been recognized as gifted artists with countless awards bestowed upon them. While they all have distinctive styles they share many qualities as artists. A strong narrative displayed throughout books or graphic novels is one commonality between these stellar artists. Another would be the strong sense of anatomy necessary when the work is reliant on the human figure. A sense of drama and mastery of composition and brilliant handling of color (even with the black and white work of Booth!) are evident in all of these artists.
Truly a master of pen and ink drawings, Franklin Booth was one of greatest Ilustrators America has produced. His unique style seemed to make drawings capture all the tone of a painting. The intense detail in Booth’s work was actually borne of his mistaking wood engravings for pen and ink drawings, and seeking to emulate that level of description. Through his interplay of naturalistic elements and extreme scale hierarchies we become immersed in a world of his own creation. His influence was apparent within contemporaries and other artists that followed (look at the drawings of Frank Frazetta and Berni Wrightson).