Tuesday, February 7, 2012

More Female Illustrators You Should Know

Mary Blair

Widely acknowledged as one of the most influential illustrator/designers during the heyday of Disney's 'classic animation' era, Mary Blair's work continues to influence and inspire thousands of artists around the world to this day.


Margaret Erath

Primarily a textile designer (and later a fine artist) she made a brief foray into illustration during her early career in New York. These two delightful album covers - and a few others long lost to time - may be the only actual illustrations Erath ever created.



Lorraine Fox

Born in Brooklyn, a graduate of the Pratt Institute, Fox began illustrating for magazines in the second half of the 1940s. During an era when literal realism in illustration was king, Fox successfully pioneered a distinctive, stylized alternative - and she did it from the very heart of what was then the most influential commercial art enclave of the day, the Charles E. Cooper studio, which she joined in 1951.


Gyo Fujikawa

A California native, Fujikawa worked for Disney before moving into advertising, editorial and children's book illustration.


Over her long career she wrote and drew nearly fifty children's books that sold in total over a million copies.


Mia Carpenter

Another west coast artist, Carpenter moved to New York after graduating from Art Center, where she had studied fashion illustration with Jack Potter.


Retail fashion was a major component of her work - but she also did illustrations for editorial clients. Later, she did sketch art for entertainment ad agencies until her retirement in 2004.


* Tomorrow (Wednesday) evening I'll be at The Nook talking about these and other Female Illustrators of the Mid-20th Century.

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