Wednesday, June 17, 2009
One of my favorite illustrators is Joseph Leyendecker. His works of the early 20th century have amazing energy and impeccable draftsmanship. I took one of his advertising images, done for a breakfast cereal company, copied and transformed it. Leyendecker's original shows a thinner kid. And his colors are brighter than these. But the essentials of a kid with a napkin tied around his neck, loving whatever he's slurping from that huge spoon, were well worth keeping. This one is 12x12 on panel and will be in the show this month, too.