For the last five years I have been anxiously awaiting the publication of the new book, “David Grove: an Illustrated Life”. It was worth the wait. This is a really special and unique book.
Never Cry Wolf - Movie Poster 1983
David Grove has been a friend as well guide and inspiration to me for many years. His meticulous attention to storytelling accuracy and detail is chronicled in many stories, as are many harrowing tales of gathering reference and information in unlikely circumstances. (David’s story of being accosted by the San Francisco SWAT team while painting a wooden prop machine gun on his roof is but one example. )
movie poster 1983
In the introduction, Mike Shenon understatedly writes: “in most of his work he is concerned with the expression of mood to a greater extent than are most contemporary illustrators”.
Barre Bleu - 1982
This book is unique for a number of reasons, but the most obvious one is that while including a comprehensive catalog of David’s work, his development and adventures as an illustrator, it begins with an 60 page illustrated journal from his life in Paris from 1964-1968. It’s a fascinating look into the formation of an aesthetic, a sense of taste that has followed him in art and life for the rest of his life.
The Eye of Heaven - Book Cover 2005
Black Pearl - Book cover 1977
This also became the cover of CA Magazine in 1981
Something Wicked This Way Comes - movie poster 1985
Pale Rider - Movie Poster 1985
Illustrators follow their muse down a road with many forks. David’s ideas about art and life were formed in the crucible of Paris in the 60‘s, and the have since informed his decisions at every fork in the road. The book includes hundreds of beautiful color reproductions, drawings, and photographs that take the reader down the path.
Pirate Freedom - Book illustration 2007
Captain Blood - Book Cover 1978
There is also a comprehensive chapter on technique.
This 300 page book is a look into the mind and process of one of the greatest illustrators living today, and a very honest reflection on the ups and downs, choices and accidents, happy and otherwise, that create the life of a real artist.
Society of Illustrators annual show poster - 1988.
David Grove was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 2007.
I am proud and honored to have been asked to provide a short review for the flap of this book, wherein I wrote, in part:
"Anyone interested in illustration will find this book quite rewarding...and anyone interested in doing any kind of creative work at the highest level will find it remarkable. "