Monday, December 22, 2008
More NAVL stuff
These illustrations were all done using Liquitex Acrylic paints. This was one of my first attempts at working with acrylic paint. Acrylics are a difficult medium to get used to, at first it's a battle to get the paint to do what you want it to do. It's a totally different experience than working with Windsor and Newton Designer's Colors. Once you get acquainted with the medium it's a joy to use. Acrylics work quit well as washes or when used thick like oils.
Rep Bob Witmer and a friend's children were the models for this illustration. That's my cat Puffy on the roof of the truck.
The only model I remember in this illustration is Don Weiland, one of the top automotive illustrators in Detroit, he's standing with the blue box.
This job was done in about 1965, there was still a good deal of illustration work around. I was getting my share of work in Detroit and with Bob Witmer repping me in Chicago and Bill Neeley in New York it was a busy time for me. I was also teaching at the Society of Arts and Crafts full time. I managed to do that because teaching was only a half a day except for Wednesday which was the full day. Being able to juggle my time well between working at the studio and teaching I only missed one day of school in all of the four years that I taught. At times it got a little overwhelming, evaluating and commenting on 48 students work and answering all of their questions, but I really enjoyed it. I still keep in touch with some of my former students and we get together fairly often. Some have retired, I must be getting old !