A.B. Frost: The Sporting Art

Arthur Burdett Frost was one of America’s greatest artists. More than a famous magazine illustrator, who became best known for his sporting prints and paintings, he covered a wide range of subjects in his art. Frost’s depictions of the rural farmer, lowly shop-keepers and housewives, local politicians and black citizens of the old south were […]

James Williamson: The Second Arrow Shirt Man

Everyone remembers Joseph Leyendecker’s square-jawed Arrow Shirt Man. He was an American icon through the Roaring Twenties. Leyendecker’s illustrations became a distinctive image representing the country’s prosperous Jazz Age. However, with American economy in the midst of the Great Depression in the early 30s, manufacturer Cluett Peabody began a new ad campaign for Arrow based […]

Austin Briggs: His Advertising Illustrations

The artist Austin Briggs was rightly celebrated for his masterly editorial illustrations for magazines through the 1940s and 50s. His art drew the reader right into the stories with a sense of drama and anticipation, like a good movie trailer. Somewhat ignored is the advertising work he did for clients like American Airlines, General Motors […]

Before Danny the Dinosaur: The Early Cartoons of Syd Hoff

1 2 Syd HoffLike his fellow cartoonist, William Steig, Syd Hoff had a similar duel career. First as a successful and prolific cartoonist for most of his life, then as a best-selling children’s book author and illustrator. In 1958 Harper published Danny the Dinosaur which began his amazing run of over 60 titles he wrote […]