Illustrators P-T

A Shermund Sampler

Several words come to mind when describing the work and life of Barbara Shermund: Feminist. Bohemian, Intelligent, Talented. Mystery. A feminist because Shermund was a woman cartoonist when they were scarce, especially at Esquire Magazine in the thirties. And her ladies weren’t dumb. Although she drew the typical showgirls, harassed secretaries and showgirls, she portrayed […]

Edward Penfield: Master of the Poster.

Edward Penfield, while best known as the father of the American poster, was simply a master of graphic design and illustration. He studied at the Art Student’s League. Upon graduation he immediately found a job at Harper’s and served as the art director between 1891 and 1901. For five of those ten years he turned […]

Leslie Saalburg | Dapper Dandies

Nobody epitomized quality men’s fashion back in the 1930s like Esquire Magazine and the artists who graced it’s pages with their illustrations. Names like Robert Goodman, George Hughes, Laurence Fellows and Leslie Saalburg rendered the latest in sartorial splendor for readers. Saalburg was probably the most prolific and also churned out advertising art for the […]

Before Roland and Sylvester: William Steig’s Early Cartoons

Today we mainly think of William Steig as an award -winning author/illustrator of children’s picture books. He was the creator of Shrek, Sylvester, Roland, Doctor De Soto and so many more popular and memorable characters. But Steig was 61 when his first children’s book was published. Before that he had a very successful career as […]

Guy “Giro” Rowe

 by Dick Chodkowski – @dickchodkowski Born in Salt Lake City in 1894, GUY “GIRO” ROWE made it through the fifth grade before his family moved to Detroit where he went to work out of necessity. His job experiences were many and varied, including: railroad baggage handler, newspaper seller, tailor’s assistant, assembly-worker in a Detroit car […]

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