Robert Hunt
October 2006
Another one for Randall Enos
Riggs at work, "where he listens to music of Africa, India and Siam" among masks, snakes, fur trappings and mummified fingers....
One of my mostt treasured books is "40 illustrators and How They Work", By Ernest Watson, published in 1945.  It is filled with fascinating interviews and insights into the lives of these illustrators, some of whose work seems to have lived on, Some who might fall into the category of "forgotten" illustrator. Certainly one of the former category, Robert Riggs work stands out in the 1945 context as it still does today...I have often thought that some of his work would be right at home in current illustration are a few pictures from this book....
Illustration of Coney Island for Fortune Magazine
The coronation scene from Boris Gudanov..."with a rich brush the artist has brought to life the turmoil within the usurper-tsar's mind..."
Preliminary Drawings
I try to avoid complaining about ways the business has changed, because change is inevitable. Most of  the work I do is for book covers...I have noticed that in the last few years more and more art directors are asking for color comps-virtually finishes-as preliminary art instead of drawings.
 While I try to resist showing color sketches when I can, I do think the black and white preliminary sketch is becoming a rarity.  I thought I might show a few of my own here, with the hope that some other Drawgerites might do the same.
I started a Drawger show for Preliminary art, I hope that some Drawgerites put up some work!
Bruce Lee
On the subject of style, I recently saw a documentary on Bruce Lee, who said "The best style is no style and all styles." It makes a certain amount of sense to me...
Seasonal contribution
Elephant Man Pumpkin
I usually do a halloween painting as part of my 20 minute are a couple from the past.....
Homeland Security Pumpkin
Scott Peterson Pumpkin ...and so on...
My Little Side Project
I always felt that my work lacked a consistent, identifiable style. For years I modified the techniques I used to fit the illustration problem at hand. A few years ago I began a project for myself to try to discover my own "personal style"...I try to do a painting for myself everyday, with the constraint that I use a timer and force myself to stop painting after 20 minutes.  I havent followed any guidelines or persued any specific themes, but focused on trying to make a picture simply with the minimum  of "technique" , the idea being that this might eventually lead to the evolution of a "style".
The results have been a revealation, at least to me.  So far I have done about 500 of these paintings, and I am just now beginning to see how to merge what I am learning with what I did in the past...I thought I would share a little of my project with my fellow Drawgerites...
and so on...
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