Tom Lovell (update)

Tom Lovell illustrations
Tom Lovell was a superb American illustrator who was active through much of the 20th century.

His style ranged from straightforward, classically delineated realism to dramatically composed pulp magazine action to the more graphically designed illustrations often associated with cutting edge mid-century styles.

Lovell was particularly influenced by his friend and fellow illustrator Harry Anderson, with whom he shared a studio early in his career

Since I first wrote about Lovell for Lines and Colors back in 2008, new resources for images of his work have become available, most notably a terrific collection over 200 of Lovell’s illustrations from all phases of his career put together by Jim Pinkoski.

This is maintained as part of Pinkoski’s even larger site on Harry Anderson, which I wrote about here; Pinkoski also maintains a site on work by John Berkey (my post here).

I’ve listed other resources for Lovell’s work below, including an excellent Flickr set and articles by the ever resourceful Leif Peng.

There is a book collection of Lovell’s work, The Art of Tom Lovell: An Invitation to History, that concentrates on the artist’s Western and Civil War work.

[Via James Gurney]


Edward Harrison Compton

Edward Harrison Compton
Born in Germany to English parents, Edward Harrison Compton was a landscape painter and illustrator active in the early 20th century.

Compton began his training under the tutelage of his father, landscape painter Edward Theodore Compton, and went on to study in London at the Central School of Arts and Crafts.

His desire to follow his father’s example as a painter of mountain scenes was cut short by polio, and he looked to easier to reach subjects in towns and forest interiors.

Compton worked in both oil and watercolor, using each to advantage in capturing both the play of light against mountains and trees and the subtle illumination of overcast days.

I haven’t found many extensive sources for images of Compton’s work, but Artnet has a lot of images in their listing of previous auctions (continue clicking “Load More” at page bottom to see additional images).


Eliza Ivanova

Eliza Ivanova, animator illustrator
Eliza Ivanova is an animator and illustrator based in San Francisco and currently working with Pixar Animation Studios. Her feature film credits include The Good Dinosaur, Inside Out, Monsters University and Brave, as well as short films Toy Story of Terror and The Dam Keeper.

Her website consists primarily of personal sketches, many in Moleskine sketchbooks. These, though few are in a finished state, are delightfully drawn with a lively variety of line weights and energetic textural additions.

If you follow through to subsequent pages, you will encounter some older, more finished pieces.
Ivanova also has some short animations on Vimeo.

Her work is currently on view as part of the Line Weight IV exhibition at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA until March 13, 2016.


High resolution images of Vermeer’s paintings

High resolution images of Vermeer's paintings
Johannes Vermeer was either a remarkable 17th century Dutch painter or an enchanted sorcerer of light from beyond time and space — sometimes it’s hard to tell — but I find his work particularly entrancing among all painters.

His known existing oeuvre consists of only 36 paintings, each fascinating in their own way.

I have previously recommended the wonderful resource website, Essential Vermeer, maintained by Jonathan Janson, which is the go-to place on the web for information about Vermeer, his work, methods, context and historical background.

Though that site lists and shows all of the master’s paintings, including showing them at their relative sizes (which can sometimes be surprising), it does not itself host high-resolution images of the works; to do so would likely add prohibitive bandwidth costs to an already intense labor of love.

Instead, Janson devotes a page to resources for high-resolution images of Vermeer’s paintings, where possible on the websites of the museums in whose collections they reside. Some are in higher resolution than others, of course, but all let you see some of Vermeer’s extraordinary (and often surprisingly painterly) technique.

In addition, Josh Jones, writing for Open Culture, has assembled a more compact list.

If you have the chance to see Vermeer’s work in person, I highly recommend it. Essential Vermeer lists the paintings by geographic location and collection here.

There are, of course, numerous books on Vermeer. (One I particularly like for its details and context is Vermeer, by Pascal Bonafoux; it’s out of print but available used.)

Janson has a list and reviews of many others here. He has also published his own eBook, Looking Over Vermeer’s Shoulder: Seventeenth – Century Dutch Fine Painting Techniques and Studio Practices With Particular Focus On the Work of Johannes Vermeer, available from LuLu, which I have not yet had the chance to read.

Short of those options, these resources for high-resolution Vermeer images are a good way to view and enjoy some of the most remarkable paintings in the world.

[Topic suggestion courtesy of Eric Lee Smith]