Gustave Doré, Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha [H. Pisan engravings]; Cassell & Co. (First edition), London, ca. 1893.
Hello everyone, the Artist of the Week is iconic American Illustrator N. C. Wyeth.
Newell Convers Wyeth (1882-1945) was born in Needham, Massachusetts, in the United States. He first studied drafting at Mechanics Art School, and later transferred to the Massachusetts Normal Arts School. His instructor there, Richard Andrew encouraged him to study illustration, so he transferred again the the Eric Pape School of Art. It wasn’t until he studied under Howard Pyle, one of the preeminent American Illustrators, that he truly found his calling.
He is known today for his depictions of the old west, pirates, the revolutionary war, and fantastical scenes. Unlike his teacher Howard Pyle, Wyeth used strong, simple shapes without heavily rendering the image. His pieces often have dramatic contrasts of light and shadow, with vibrantly intense colors. Although he doesn’t do this in every piece, I personally love when Wyeth uses thick, heavy brushstrokes, and leaves the paint on the canvas without blending everything together. The shapes he makes, whether they are objects, figures, the environment, or the negative space between objects, are so beautiful and simple. They allow the image to be easily read, but are simultaneously fun to look at.
His beautifully drawn fantastic images have been inspiring artists for more than a century, including his own family. N. C. Wyeth’s son Andrew, daughters Henriette and Carolyn, and grandson Jamie all went on to have careers in the arts.
Angela and the Violator are “Natural Spawn Killers”. Hahaha, the idea and the inspiration (the film “Natural Born Killers" directed by Oliver Stone in 1994) of this fan-art are just perfect!