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Methods Of Tone Drawing
LOOKING through a bundle of magazines taken haphazard is likely to be a tedious business, particularly where 'wash' illustrations predominate. The temptation to exact and full representation of appearances gives a photographic effect that has no interest except its content - the artist in such cases being nothing but an inferior kind of camera - or if the effort is made to give dramatic effect by forcing the light and shade, we are at once aware of the falsity as of a negative at once under and over exposed in patches.
Coloured Illustrations & 'Make-Up'
THE facility with which any work in colour can be reproduced by the three-colour process, whether intended for reproduction or not, has so popularized colour books that attention might againbe paid by artists to a more selective and arbitrary treatment of colour than is absolutely necessary where practically any colour is mechanically reproducible.
Authors And Illustrations
THE literary man, and even editors sometimes, have strange notions of what is proper to the illustrator's function. It is an authentic fact that a well-known editor commissioned an artist to make a drawing showing the British Possessions all round the globe by leaving out the shadows. Dickens, as is well known, set great store by the illustrations of his novels, and perhaps this is not to be wondered at since the Pickwick Papers were begun as letterpress to accompany drawings ; though this process was soon reversed.
Transitional Times And Opinions
THE nineties was a time of rapid transition from an order that seemed to have set in like a wet night after a summer afternoon. The great Victorians, such as survived, had outlived their work ;but they still cast a shadow over their descendants so that these seemed to belong to a smaller generation.Meredith and Hardy did not come into their own out of the shadow of the names of Dickens and Thackeray till then.
Truth To Life
NO matter how untrue to life a story may be, the artist can dismiss this from his mind, and treat the characters as realities, not as puppets ; put life into them and contrive at least to give a picture of the period. There is a general lack of liveliness in our books and magazines as though the life of Britain supplied hardly more than two or three stock types of a theatrical order.
Blake On Imagination
THE popular idea of imagination is of something vague, undefined and illogical, generally associated with stars, clouds, and rainbows, or the sticking of a pair of goose-wings on a pretty girl in white and calling the result an angel. This is a mistake. Imagination is not wool-gathering, but is a clear-minded and rational act, even though it may sometimes proceed by logarithm...
Emotional Quality Of Vision
A CONSIDERATION that comes into the question of the content, as apart from the actual style and accent with which it is set forth, is how near it comes to the artist's own preoccupations. His setting out of this is likely to be passionate or impersonal in exact proportion to these preoccupations, and the artistic value of his work will depend largely upon the quality of this interest. I remember seeing a painting by a policeman of his little kitchen sitting-room...
Great Literature Not Necessarily More Inspiring Than Poor
IT should be realized that Shakespeare's plays offer no finer opportunities to the illustrator than any other work of a dramatic character. It is true that in practice an illustrator finds stimulus to his art from his enjoyment of particular authors or passages. He may have a penchant for costume of a certain period, or for a particular type of character ; but if his literary sense should lead...
Necessity For Accuracy Of Reference To Text
THE illustrator should keep his text handy to refer to at all times, or he will fall into small errors of detail that ten members of the public will notice, ninety-nine per cent. of whom will write to the papers, the editors, and the publishers about, asking why so incompetent a person is allowed to exist.
Illustration Of Modern Plays
IT is worth considering whether a better service might not be performed to Literature and Art, and the illustrator be better employed, if publishers were frequently to issue illustrated editions of modern plays. Many people find a difficulty in reading these, as they lack the objective dramatic sense, which is one of the simplest the illustrator can be called upon to supply.
Children's Books
MUCH might be written, and has indeed been written, on the subject of illustrated books for children, but nothing more illuminating than the conversation recorded by Mr. Edward Johnstonin an early number of The Imprint.Children love lots of facts in a drawing, and their relation one to another is of little importance to them. Mr. Johnston's little daughter...
The Print Room
An effect of solidity is achieved by the merest hint of light and shade, and the rounding-off of angles in the silhouettes,and the display of Ming Dynasty and Rajput paintings, push past the unpretentious and silent swing door of the Print Room, where lies stored the summary of the artistic product of the world. A bell rings as the door swings to, and mild-eyed old gentlemen with white beards look up from the portfolios like patient ruminant kine in a byre as you tread softly to your place to begin your spiritual adventure.
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