thirties New York

23 09 2019

RUSSELL PATTERSON, 1893 – 1977, became a famous illustrator in the early thirties in NEW YORK, after a less successful start as a cartoonist. these were the good old days when leading graphic artists were as famous as movie stars. patterson illustrated covers and interiors for magazines like LIFE, and later SATURDAY EVENING POST, VOGUE, VANITY FAIR and COSMOPOLITAIN. some years before the GIBSON GIRL had been celebrated, now it was the PATTERSON GIRL. patterson worked as well on BROADWAY as a costume- and scenic-designer. you find more about his work here, here, and here.

© russell patterson





watkiss 3

20 09 2019

JOHN WATKISS gave me those sketches while he was working on his production paintings for TARZAN around 1997 in the disney studio. whenever we met he explained some of the anatomy in his paintings, very fast in stunning sketches.

© john watkiss





alfred j kwak calendar 1.2

19 09 2019

© bilderfabrik
© AJK -van veen/siepermann/bacher





alfred j kwak calendar 1.1

18 09 2019

these are designs for a calendar I did in 1991 for the merchandise program that came with the tv-series based on the comic strip series THE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF ALFRED J KWAK, that harald siepermann, herman van veen and myself had created. the calendar was never finished, for some personal reasons I stopped working on the project and from then on hardly anything was ever published again. my whole work in germany stopped in 1991, I joined spielberg’s amblimation studio in london and started to work on CATS followed by BALTO, and concentrated from then on solely on animated feature films.

© bilderfabrik
© AJK van veen/siepermann/bacher





german illustration 1.1

21 11 2018

© STERNchen





german illustration 1.0

20 11 2018

over the last close to 60 years I was able to put together a huge collection of movies, books and magazines. most about the themes film, animation, illustration photography and classic art. whenever I moved to another part in the world I had to reduce the masses of boxes with that collection. that resulted in throwing a lot away and cutting most of the magazines into pieces. especially from the early fifties and sixties I have only cutout-illustrations and photographs left. 

since there is no publication about that period of time in illustration this cutout archives is priceless and I look at it as a treasure. even as a little boy I was fascinated by that art and it probably was one of the reasons why I became an illustrator as well.

I don’t think I will have the oportunity to publish a book with all these treasures, but I can make them available to whoever is interested here on my blog. 

in most cases I have the names of these illustrators, but I don’t know anything about them. it is nearly impossible to find some more information through the internet. please be so kind and let me know if you know more about one of them.

nearly all these children novel illustrations were published within the german weekly magazine STERN, where a smaller 8 page children edition STERNchen was included. even WILHELM M.BUSCH contributed illustrations for that ‘mini’-magazine. my favorite artist at that time was DIETER LANGE, he started in 1955 probably right after his artschool to illustrate for the magazine, and he continued until the eighties with illustrations for adult novel series.

here are a few covers of that ‘mini’ magazine…

the following illustrations were all created by DIETER LANGE in the early sixties…

see also my earlier post STERNchen

all images © STERNchen + Dieter Lange





wilhelm m.busch 43

11 05 2018

these pen&ink illustrations were created by WILHELM M.BUSCH for charles dickens’ CHRISTMAS CAROL.

© wilhelm m.busch