Illustration Art Gallery

The very best from the wide, sometimes overlooked, world of illustration art, including original artwork for book illustrations and covers, comic books and comic strips, graphic novels, magazines, film animation cels, newspaper strips, poster art, album covers, plus superb fine art reproductions and high quality art prints.

Our gallery brings together artists from all over the world and from many backgrounds, including fantasy, horror, romance, science fiction, education, sport, history, nature, technology, humour, glamour, architecture, film & tv, whimsy, even political satire and caricature.

Friday, January 10, 2014

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT 4

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

Introduction

Each of these post will focus on a particular artist or subject theme that we feel warrants being in the spotlight. We have a lot of great art on the website and so to act as a guide we've developed this feature. If you click on the artist name the links given will take you to the artist's main page where you can view all the original art that we have for sale. Clicking the name under the sample pieces will take you to that particular page on the site. We hope that you'll enjoy exploring our website this way and that you'll find exciting new discoveries as well as old favourites. Without further ado we present:

THIS WEEK...

Arthur Ranson - TV Cult Heros




Great action adventure comic strip art by Arthur Ranson featuring The A-Team. The Face is in trouble when the plane he is a passenger in is struck by lightning. Fun with Mr. T and the boys.
This TWO PAGE SEQUENCE was published in Look-In issue 49, 1987..
Ranson's skill in depicting likenesses is apparent from this fine clear example of his black and white line art.
 
 

Ranson finds interesting ways to depict the "action" in Sapphire & Steele which was a rather static series even when shown on TV relying on talking heads. His use of a variety of ciematic angles brings life and variety to this cult classic.
 
Biography
 
Arthur James Ranson is an English illustrator whose fine line pen work and attention to visual detail has led to the misapplied epithet 'photo-realistic'. Ranson has been appearing in British comics since the early 1970s. Amongst many accomplishments, his works include Anderson: Psi Division, Button Man, Mazeworld and other 2000AD strips.

Ranson also produced a series of comic-strip biographies of well-known music stars and bands, including ABBA (1977), Elvis Presley (1981), The Beatles (1981-2), Haircut 100 (1983) and The Sex Pistols (1983).

Arthur has also contributed to Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight and X-Men and TV-based strips such as Sapphire and Steel, Dangermouse, Worzel Gummidge, Michael Bentine's Potty Time and Duckula.

Friday, December 20, 2013

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT 3

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

Introduction

Each of these post will focus on a particular artist or subject theme that we feel warrants being in the spotlight. We have a lot of great art on the website and so to act as a guide we've developed this feature. If you click on the artist name the links given will take you to the artist's main page where you can view all the original art that we have for sale. Clicking the name under the sample pieces will take you to that particular page on the site. We hope that you'll enjoy exploring our website this way and that you'll find exciting new discoveries as well as old favourites. Without further ado we present:

THIS WEEK...

SPORT
We have a wide variety of sporting art available from comic strips to sinle illustrations by way of montages. Here are two examples of versatile artists depicting classic sporting moments.



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Sir Stanley Matthews, CBE (1 February 1915 - 23 February 2000) was an English footballer. Often regarded as one of the greatest players of the English game, he is the only player to have been knighted while still playing, as well as being the first winner of both the European Footballer of the Year and the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year awards.
Matthews' nicknames included 'The Wizard of the Dribble' and 'The Magician'.
A near-vegetarian teetotaller, he kept fit enough to play at the top level until he was 50 years old. He was also the oldest player ever to play in England's top football division and the oldest player ever to represent the country. He played his final competitive game in 1985, at the age of 70.
A nice piece depicting one of the world's greatest footballers, from a feature on Cup Football. This original painting was published in Look & Learn 10 January 1981. The deep inking used by Green brings an extra depth of realism to the piece.
 
 

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 Jimmy Wilde boxing Pancho Villa in New York. This is the original artwork from the regular feature Bobby Moore's World of Sport published in Ranger 13 November 1965. In 1923, ‘Pancho Villa' became the first Filipino world champion in history when he defeated Welshman Jimmy Wilde, at flyweight, in 1923, at the Polo Grounds, in New York.
Nicolle's soft pecilling style really suites the sepia tones here.
 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT 2

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

Introduction

Each of these post will focus on a particular artist or subject theme that we feel warrants being in the spotlight. We have a lot of great art on the website and so to act as a guide we've developed this feature. If you click on the artist name the links given will take you to the artist's main page where you can view all the original art that we have for sale. Clicking the name under the sample pieces will take you to that particular page on the site. We hope that you'll enjoy exploring our website this way and that you'll find exciting new discoveries as well as old favourites. Without further ado we present:

THIS WEEK...
 




Severino Baraldi - The Eternal City

Baraldi excelled at all manner of historical subject matter, but Ancient Rome was one period that his expertise was called on repeatedly to depict.
 
 
 
Theodoric enters Rome. In the year AD500, Theodoric made a triumphant entry into Rome. Under his leadership the city regained much of its former glory.

The insets show Romans interesting themselves in learning, and two coins produced during the period when Odoscer was in power.

Original artwork for illustration on p16-17 of Look and Learn issue no 1012 (1 August 1981).
 


 Clash of Giants: Hannibal Meets His Match. General Scipio finds a way into the seemingly impregnable stronghold of Carthage Nova in Spain. This is the original artwork from Look and Learn no. 927 (27 October 1979).
Biography
Severino Baraldi was born on 10 December 1930 in Sermide, a small village 50 kilometres from Mantova in the Lombardy region of northern Italy. As a boy, he entertained customers of the local barber by with his chalk drawings on the pavement. He worked as a carpenter, drawing cartoons for a local paper whose editor encouraged him to seek his fortune in the capital of the Lombardy region.

1962-63 was a major era for Baraldi with the publication of Ulisse ['Ulysses'], adapted from 'The Odyssey' by Gino Fischer, Lo Schianccianoci, based on the work by E. T. A. Hoffman, and Ciuffo Biondo, an adaptation of Peer Gynt by Anna Maria De Benedetti. Ulisse and Ciuffo Biono were praised by the reviewer for Radiotelevisione Italiana for their elegant illustrations, which helped to establish the name of the artist who often signed his work with the abbreviation Bar. At the same time, Baraldi was illustrating the story of Marco Polo and, for Milan publisher Casa Editirice, a variety of other books for children.

For seven years, Baraldi was also a prolific illustrator for the British magazine Look and Learn. More recently, Baraldi illustrated biographies of musicians Dvorak and Verdi for a publisher in Taiwan. In all, Baraldi has contributed to over 220 books and produced 7,500 illustrations. The village of Sermide dedicated an exhibition to his work in June 1997. He continued to work for Famiglia Cristiana and Il Giornalino until retiring a few years ago.

Monday, September 23, 2013

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT 1

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

 Introduction

Each of these post will focus on a particular artist or subject theme that we feel warrants being in the spotlight. We have a lot of great art on the website and so to act as a guide we've developed this feature. If you click on the artist name the links given will take you to the artist's main page where you can view all the original art that we have for sale.  Clicking the name under the sample pieces will take you to that particular page on the site. We hope that you'll enjoy exploring our website this way and that you'll find exciting new discoveries as well as old favourites. Without further ado we present:

THIS WEEK...

Ron Embleton - A Window Through History




 
Oliver Cromwell dismisses the Rump Parliament in 1653. Original artwork first published in Look and Learn # 395, 9th August 1969. This piece shows Ron Embleton's strong use of colour and group composition.
 
 
 
Forty Minute Victory That Changed a War. "See those fellows on the hill?" Wellington said, indicating Napoleon's army at Salamanca. "Attack them directly and drive them to the devil!".
Original artwork from Look and Learn no. 72 (1 June 1963). This piece shows Embleton's use of subtle tones and conveys the drama of the moment.


Biography

Ron(ald Sydney) Embleton was born in London on 6 October 1930, Embleton began drawing as a young boy, submitting a cartoon to the News of the World at the age of 9 and, at 12, winning a national poster competition. At 17 he earned himself a place in a commercial studio but soon left to work freelance, drawing comic strips for many of the small publishers who sprang up shortly after the war.

He was soon drawing for the major publishers. His most fondly remembered strips include Strongbow the Mighty inMickey Mouse Weekly, Wulf the Briton in Express Weekly, Wrath of the Gods in Boys’ World, Tales of the Trigan Empire and Johnny Frog in Eagle and Stingray in TV Century 21.

Embleton also provided the illustrations that appeared in the title credits for the Captain Scarlet TV series, and dozens of paintings for prints and newspaper strips. A meticulous artist, his illustrations appeared in Look and Learn for many years, amongst them the historical series Roger’s Rangers. Embleton died on 13 February 1988 at the age of 57.


Books Featuring Ron Emblton Artwork

Wulf the Briton

Art of the Trigan Empire
 
 
 


 
 
 

 


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Patrick Wright

The son of artist David Wright and his wife Esme M. (nĂ©e Little), born in Abersoch, North Wales, educated at Barrow Hills Prep School and St George’s College, Weybridge. Patrick Wright began his career as a comic strip artist in the early 1970s drawing the adventures of Emma Faren for Princess Tina, working through Bardon Art. He continued working in comics throughout the 1970s, including a year’s work on “Modesty Blaise” for the Evening Standard.

Besides Modesty, he is probably best known for his war strips, which include issues of Commando, the Mike Nelson series in Battle Picture Weekly, beginning with 'Day of the Eagle' in 1975 and 'Hitler Lives' in The Crunch in 1979.

In 1981 he switched to humorous cartooning, publishing his first book, Walkies (Heinemann) in 1982. His other books are A Tale of Two Mothers-in-Law (Heinemann, 1983), Health and Efficiency (Heinemann, 1984), Affairs of the Heart (Heinemann, 1985), Off the Rails (Newton Abbot, David & Charles, 1985), Off the Road (Newton Abbot, David & Charles, 1988), Worthless Pursuits (Penguin, 1992), 101 Uses for a John Major (with Peter Richardson, Deutsch, 1993), 101 Further Uses for a John Major (Deutsch, 1994), Not Inconsiderable: Being the Life and Times of John Major (Deutsch, 1996). He has also worked extensively in all aspects of advertising, has illustrated books and has contributed cartoons to Private Eye.

Examples of Patrick Wright's artwork can be found at the Illustration Art Gallery.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

John Worsley

John Worsley was a versatile artist who turned his talent to an extraordinary range of work. Even in his late seventies, he could be found busy in his studio working on a marine painting, a sculpture or glass engraving. He was a gracious guest of honour at dinners organised by fans of his famous comic strip, "The Adventures of PC 49", and impressed a new generation with his collection of wartime sketches, John Worsley’s War. Although his paintings and portraits (including those of Montgomery and Admiral Sir John Cunningham) can be seen in the Imperial War Museum and National Maritime Museum, not all of his work was so public, as he worked tirelessly as a police sketch artist, his facility for capturing a likeness responsible for many arrests.

His ability to accurately report through his work was recognised early by the Admiralty who ordered Midshipman Worsley into the thick of things as the youngest official War Artist in the Mediterranean. Worsley had already survived the sinking of H.M.S. Laurentic by a German U-Boat in November 1940, and now found himself taking part in the landings at Sicily, Reggio and Salermo. In 1943 he was amongst the rescue party sent to establish a base on Lussin Piccola in the North Adriatic, only to find it overrun by Germans.

Worsley was taken to Germany where he was interrogated, spending much of the next two months in solitary confinement before being sent to the POW camp Marlag ‘O’, near Bremen. Amongst the other prisoners was journalist Guy Morgan who had been badly wounded and was to be repatriated, smuggling out a number of Worsley’s drawings in the plaster cast on his arm.

A more daring escapade was the escape plans of Lieutenant Mewes which required the assistance of a stand-in. Out of wire and papier mache, Worsley created a dummy, dubbed ‘Albert, R.N.’, who was held between two soldiers during roll call, fooling the guards into thinking they had a full compliment of prisoners whilst Mewes made his way to the coast. For four days, Albert, with his ping-pong ball eyes and no hands (his sleeves were stuffed into his jacket pockets), fooled the guards. Unfortunately, Mewes was refused passage on the northern coast of Germany, and was recaptured. ‘Albert’ was finally rumbled when a second escape attempt two months later was foiled quickly and the escapee caught just after roll call, the guards realising they now had one too many prisoners.

Back in England, Guy Morgan immortalised 'Albert R.N.' in a play which was filmed in 1953. The movie starred Jack Warner and Anthony Steel, the latter portraying Geoffrey Ainsworth, a fictional version of Worsley. Worsley recreated Albert for the film, the dummy now at the Naval Museum in Portsmouth.

Born in Liverpool on 16 February 1919, Worsley was the son of a Naval officer who, demobbed six months later, moved his family back to the family coffee farm in Kabuka, 40 miles north of Nairobi in Kenya. It was here amidst the spectacular scenery and at an altitude of 6000 feet that John Worsley grew up, shooting and messing around in the family Model T Ford when he wasn’t attending school.

This idyllic life came to a crashing end in 1928 when the recession caused the price of coffee beans to collapse, and John was sent to St. Winifred’s boarding school, his fees subsidised by a grant from the Royal Navy Trust. He won a scholarship to Brighton College, and entered Goldsmiths’ College School of Art where he studied for three years, subsisting on a £300 legacy which he eked out at £2 a week, still finding the money—£4—to purchase a second hand Fiat in his third year. This he used, after leaving College, to travel along the South Coast, making sketches which he would sell to magazines.

Worsley’s experiences in the Royal Navy, which began with a three week crash course in seamanship in 1939 did not end with his repatriation. As allied troops advanced in early 1945, Worsley and other POWs were forced to march the 80 miles to Lubeck, arriving a few days before the war ended. When Worsley returned to the UK it was to a small studio in Baron’s Court where he was asked by the Admiralty to paint portraits of many high ranking officers.

Worsley found work in illustration through an agency and found himself working on the Eagle comic soon after its launch painting a full-page advertising strip for Walls Ice Cream starring Tommy Walls, a young lad whose heroics were always accomplished by making the Lucky Walls Sign, and whose reward was, inevitably, lashings of ice cream.

It was as the artist for "The Adventures of PC 49" that Worsley really reached an audience; from his first episode in August 1951, he would eventually draw the tales of Archibald Berkeley-Willoughby until his final appearance in March 1957. 290 episodes appeared in Eagle comic alone, with further tales appearing in Eagle Annual and various spin-off books. Worsley’s was, to most fans, the definitive portrait, and Worsley himself commented "You cannot portray a character three thousand times without getting to know him pretty well." Three quarters of a million schoolboys relished every brushstroke each week. Worsley also worked for the Eagle’s companion paper, Girl, drawing "The Story of Miriam" (1951-52) and "Belle of the Ballet" (1952-54), and for many years was an illustrator for the educational nursery paper, Treasure, notably drawing the adventures of "Wee Willie Winkie" (1963-67).

In later years, Worsley was commissioned by Esso to produce a series of paintings of life on oilfields in Iraq and America. Never standing still, Worsley also embraced the new medium of independent television, and produced hundreds of colour illustrations for readings of famous children’s stories; many of them were later used as illustrations for large format hardcover books published by Purnell and Deans. An article about his work by one of his enthusiasts was entitled “The Complete Artist” and nobody earned that title more than John Worsley.

Worsley died on 3 October 2000, aged 81.

Examples of Worsley's work can be found at the Illustration Art Gallery.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

John Welland

John Welland was the artist of the above illustration of a 1920s boxer being attended by his seconds. Other than this, I have found no further trace of Welland or his work as an illustrator.

Examples of John Welland's artwork can be found for sale at the Illustration Art Gallery.