Do you love Dean Cornwell? Are you pissed that you can't find high resolution versions of his work online, and that the only good book on him costs a small fortune?
Well, let's try to fix some of that!
I know there was a Dean Cornwell thread in the lounge some time ago, but again, the images were not as high quality as I would have liked, so here's my stab at it.
I hope people find this thread useful, if nothing else I wanted to share some of this man's amazing work....I wasn't aware of him for a long time, but he quickly became one of my idols, up there with Rubens, Sorolla, Repin and Sargent. So take a gander and be ready to be inspired!
PS. If you are anywhere NEAR the LA public library you should stop by the 2nd floor and see his murals, they're fantastic....and if you see a kid looking up and drooling, sketchbook in hand, wave hello, it's probably me
PSS: if someone will kindly remind me during the year, I'll try to add more images to this
Dean Cornwell is my all time hero!!! An excellent draftsman and an amazing designer. Second for me is Leyendecker, than Frazetta as designers, but Cornwell inspires the drive for understanding of form and how to organize it to look beautiful. To do all he could is a life long pursuit of mine.
And WOw!!! It's great to be able to see his work without wearing glasses.
Thanks for posting.
Oh man, you are so awesome for doing this.
It's a masochistic kind of pleasure to have so much to study from-- overwhelming amount of amazing material it almost makes my head swim !
And you're right, Dean Cornwell is amazing. Must... study works...
Thanks so much for sharing!
AztcFireFlower: I think it's a tie between Joe Leyendecker and ol' Dean boy for me, and I agree, these men are amazing not only as draftsmen and painters, but also as designers....what I love most about them is that great art did not die with the 19th century as many seem to believe....it just appeared under the guise of "illustration"
Christie: I know what you mean, looking at his works fills me with awe and also makes me wonder if I'll ever achieve such greatness...a boy can dream right?
Anyway, stay tuned guys and gals...i WILL be posting more soon (perhaps even next week)...but I'll be posting links to a photobucket album now or something.....because my computer is brought to its knees trying to open this page up.
This is a great resource, thanks for posting. I been watching many of the young talented painters in this forum searching for colors, values and form, dabbing paint without brushing to the form. His brush handling goes along way to energize his figures it also describes texture an important but often over looked quality. Playing with how the brush can move paint, drop it, smear it, push it, lay it, how to double load a brush( with different colors), twisting the brush, rolling it , varying the pressure and running different combinations of these. Thinking of the paint and brush technique as important element in itself is something that can be done right along with your study of the other issues of painting.
Looking at his compositions you see many diagonals ( W's, N's) he uses opposition of posture of one group against the other ie. Jesus and company standing upright opposed to the slumped figures of the sick or the hands on hip of the wary Mexicans opposed to the postures of the uniformed figures which is further expressed by the light and dark and encircling of doubt of the main action. He also use leverage to balance big masses against smaller masses. So much to learn and admire here.