Archive for August, 2010

Great Illustrations

I think that J.C. Leyendecker is one of my all-time favorite illustrators.  I’m not alone in this assessment.  You can see his influence in the work of many a more contemporary illustrator.

Richard Amsel uses the Leyendecker look to create the "Sting" album cover

Great Examples

If one is serious about illustration, then one must study the great illustrators of the past.  I have assembled a list that I like.  You ought to start making a list of your favorites.  I’m sure that it wouldn’t surprise any of you to know that Norman Rockwell is on the list,

norman rockwell christmas

The hair in the drawer is actual hair stuck to the canvas.

but what about his predecessor, J. C. Leyendecker?


Rockwell learned at the feet of this master illustrator.

At any rate, we can learn and be inspired by these people.  Some are long since gone,

Three bears by Arthur Rackham

And others are working at it right now.

Goldie Locks is in for a rude awakening.

I will post samples of as many illustrators as I can in the Image Gallery, under “Great Illustrators”.

More Course Information

Here is an outline of the material that will covered in class, a list of illustrators, and the assignments.

Illustration I

illustrator’s roster


Again, I like pictures, so I have to put something in here.  Can you tell me who did this cartoon?

mad magazine

maybe this is that silly bus.


What a weird name any way.  Every time I see it, I think of a silly bus.ART 3210 SYLLABUS_2010

I always like to include a picture, so here is something completely random.

The wise old Owl teacher

This is actually from a job I did this last year.  Hey, what I’ll do for a buck.


For the Fall Semester 2010 at UVU, I will be teaching the ART 3210 course, which is Illustration I.  This course deals with “narrative illustration” as opposed to “conceptual illustration” (as is handled in Illustration II).  The semester begins on Wednesday August 25, 2010.  I am grateful to Don Seegmiller for asking me to teach this class.

I will outline here the syllabus, course schedule, the assignments, and their corresponding due dates.  More importantly, I will be able to post a variety of imagery that demonstrates a wide range of illustration through the years.  I will try to place these images in categories as part of a photo album so they are easy to refer to.

Feel free to visit my web site at

web site illustration

Illustration is fun!

Welcome to my educational blog!

concept art

A piece of concept art for film

Over the last several years I have been teaching courses at Utah Valley University, located in Orem, Utah.  I will be using this blog site as an adjunct for the courses that I am currently teaching.  This is where I will post reference material and commentary.  All are welcome to visit and enjoy.

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