Syd Mead, 1933-2019

Syd Mead, futurist, concept artist, illustrator

Syd Mead, futurist, concept artist, illustrator

Syd Mead designed the future.

Though it’s sad news I write about — that designer, concept artist and visionary futurist Syd Mead died on December 30, 2019 at the age of 86 — it’s somehow fitting that a post about him is my first for the start of a new decade.

He is best known as a concept artist responsible for the futuristic look of movies like Blade Runner, Tron, Aliens and many others, but Mead’s influence goes back further and extends well beyond his movie work and actual designs.

For example, we take the designs for the Star Wars series for granted now, but if you look at Mead’s work from the 1970’s, you can see the DNA in the designs of the tech, even though he was not directly involved in that series

Mead created a futuristic aesthetic that influenced generations of concept artists, vehicle designers and creative professionals of all kinds, and through them his designs infused much of popular culture, along with the actual design of contemporary technology.

His primary medium was gouache, also favored by other major concept artists and designers in the mid 20th century. If you do a search on YouTube for “syd mead” “gouache”, you’ll find some video previews of his course through Gnomon Workshopd. James Gurney has a nice article on his gouache technique on his blog, GurneyJourney.

Mead’s designs from 40 or more years ago still look futuristic.

His future was bright, sleek, high-tech and visually stunning. We’re lucky to have his influence in our art and culture.

It’s Syd Mead’s future, we just live in it.

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Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year 2020!

JC Leyendeckers Saturday Evening Post New Years Baby cover for 1920

JC Leyendeckers Saturday Evening Post New Years Baby cover for 1920 (detail)

As I’ve done every New Year’s Eve Since 2006, I’ll wish all Lines and Colors readers a Happy New Year with another of J.C. Leyendecker’s terrific New Year’s Baby covers for the Saturday Evening Post.

See my 2006 post for background on the origin of the Leyendecker New Years baby covers for the Saturday Evening Post.

I wish you all a new year filled with beautiful, inspiring art!

 
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Gediminas Pranckevičius

Gediminas Pranckevicius, illustration

Gediminas Pranckevicius, illustration

Gediminas Pranckevičius is a Lithuanian illustrator who works in the fields of advertising, book and album covers, gaming and children’s books.

He has a jaunty,energetic style rendered with nice touches of lighting and texture.

His website is divided into sections by project type. I particularly enjoy his the imaginary landscapes in his “Secret place” section.

Pranckevičius has videos on YouTube and Vimeo, some of which show his process. He also has prints and other items available through online stores.

 
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Carlos Schwabe

Carlos Schwabe, Symbolist painter

Carlos Schwabe, Symbolist painter

Though some of his literary subject matter and style characteristics have much in common with Art Nouveau and Pre-Raphaelite artists, German-Swiss painter and printmaker Carlos Schwabe is considered to be a Symbolist.

Schwabe was active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and his work presented a variety of themes and approaches.

[Note: some of the images on the sites linked to below contain nudity and should be considered NSFW.]

 
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Another Norman Rockwell exhausted Santa

Norman Rockwell Santa

Norman Rockwell Santa (details)

Another of Norman Rockwell’s tired Santa illustrations, this one before rather than after his world-round ride, as in the illustration I featured in this post from 2017.

I love the fact that Santa is apparently oblivious to the elf on his shoulder hanging onto his ear as he leans out to point.

Source for the image is this article from the Union College Clocktower.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 
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Will Terry

Will Terry illustration

Will Terry illustration

Will Terry is freelance illustrator with a history of both editorial and children’s book illustration. His emphasis currently is on the latter, and he has worked with publishers like Random House, Simon Schuster, Scholastic, Penguin, Klutz, and Albert Whitman.

He has also created widely circulated indie ebooks and is the co-founder of the online children’s book illustration instruction program Society of Visual Storytelling.

Terry’s style has a lively cartoon-like energy combined with sophisticated rendering. I particularly enjoy his textures and theatrical lighting effects. On his website you will also find examples of sketches and drawings.

Will Terry has a YouTube channel on which he offers advice to aspiring illustrators.

 
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