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Eye Candy for Today: J.C. Leyendecker’s Rowers

Rowers, SEP cover, J.C. Leyendecker
Rowers, SEP cover, J.C. Leyendecker (detail)

Another great Saturday Evening Post cover by the inimitable American Illustrator, J.C. Leyendecker.

As usual, Leyendecker is walking a line between naturalistic representation of anatomy, cloth and other objects, and stylistic touches.

In this image, I note the small streaks of light across areas of the arms legs and clothing of the figures, as well as on parts of the shell. These don’t actually make sense in terms of light being filtered by something above the figures, they’re just a stylistic invention that Leyendecker employs across many of his paintings, a little bit of extra visual appeal.

Image via A Little Bit of J.C. Leyendecker Greatness (see my post here).