Monday, November 14, 2011

Artist of the Month; Elizabeth Shippen Green

Elizabeth Shippen Green was an American illustrator of the Victorian period. She specialized in children's book and magazine illustrations and was a contemporary of Howard Pyle. Like most illustrators of her day she was of course fully proficient in colour, but it is her ink line illustrations that have drawn her to my attention, as like Howard Pyle's, those are her images that retain the most vigour. They are dated, but still, there is something timeless about composition, and something simple. The Victorians were especially good at ink line illustration because ink line art was used, just as today, many commercial artists are good at wacom drawn concept art. The difference is, there is a timeless romance in ink line which you won't find in anything drawn on a computer.

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