Norman Rockwell Contemporary American Illustrator. “Without thinking too much about it in specific terms, I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed.” — Norman Rockwell. Mrs. Fox. Illustration.
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Norman RockwellContemporary American Illustrator “Without thinking too much about it in specific terms, I was showingthe America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed.”—Norman Rockwell Mrs. Fox
Illustration A visualization or a depiction made by an artist, such as a drawing, sketch, painting, photograph, or other kind of image of things seen, remembered or imagined
Biography • Born Norman Percevel Rockwell • 1894 – 1978 • Left high school at age 14 to attend art school – began his career at 17 • Most famous illustrator of the 20th century • Created 321 covers for The Saturday Evening Post
Figurative Drawing An exercise in drawing the human body in its various shapes and positions. "Life drawing" is the process of drawing the human figure from observation of a live model.
First Major Breakthrough • In 1912 at age of 17 • Children’s book illustration: Tell Me Why: Stories About Mother Nature
Art Director • a person who directs or supervises the work of other artists • Rockwell’s first published magazine cover for Boy’s Life, September 1913 (age 18) got him the job as Art Director
The Saturday Evening Post First Cover: May 1916 at age 22 – Mother’s Day Off (an illustrators’ dream) Last Cover: December 14, 1963 – In Memoriam (tribute to John F. Kennedy)
Rockwell’s Aesthetic Objectives: • Basic Human Interaction • Portrayal of Everyday American life