Long time readers of Lines and Colors will know that J.C. Leyendecker is one of my favorite illustrators, and I’m always happy to share Leyendecker resources on the web when I come across them.
Illustrator Chris Sheban, who I wrote about here, was kind enough to let me know about an older post on David Apatoff’s wonderful Illustration Art blog featuring a beautiful sheet of Leyendecker studies here, and another set here.
Be sure to click through to the high resolution images that Apatoff has been kind enough to make available for us. Apatoff also adds his own brief but insightful observations about Leyendecker’s technique, particularly the elements of style and design with which he enlivens even the most ordinary objects and surfaces.
Leyendecker can make folds in clothing as beautiful as other artists make pastoral valleys.
Apatoff has another post titled The Anvil of Art about the young Norman Rockwell trying to figure out how Leyendecker, his artistic hero, accomplished his astonishing level of virtuosity.
[Via Chris Sheban]