20 August 2010

Illostribute - tribute to John Held Jr.

Freddy Boo illustration Illostribute John Held Jr. Tribute

Last week I received an invitation from the wonderful illustrator 
Toby Thane Neighbors, to contribute to his new collaborative 
illustration blog Illostribute. The idea is to "pay tribute to master 
illustrators from the past, by investigating their work through 
interpretation". A 'master' is chosen and illustrators are asked to 
interpret an image in their style of the chosen master illustrator.

The second master illustrator chosen was the extraordinarily 

talented John Held Jr. recognized for his jaunty characters and 
humour which graced the covers of Vanity Fair, The New York 
Times Sunday Magazine and Life.

In researching John Held Jr.'s work I was drawn to his characters 

based on observations of 1920' - 30's youth. The image I chose 
was from a Life cover titled 'She left home under a cloud'.
(picture link via Gatochy's flicker site of Held's work.)