Henry Patrick Raleigh (1880-1944)
My new obsession. The way he handles composition, lighting, values and form is just absolutely incredible! There’s so much going on in his group illustration and his sketches are so fluid and effortless.
From Gurney Journey:
He began as a newspaper sketch artist on the west coast back in the era when artists were needed to quickly record news events. Some of his early illustrations resemble those of F.R. Gruger, another illustrator who started as a newspaper man.
As a result of that experience, he was extremely prolific, creating about 20,000 illustrations in his career, at a rate of about 800 per year, almost three drawings per day. He had an excellent visual memory and worked almost entirely without models or photo reference.
Even in those days, a single illustration could pay as much a s $3500, so he was immensely wealthy, traveled a lot, and lived like a celebrity.
By the 1940s, his work had fallen out of step with art directors at the major magazines like the Saturday Evening Post. The glamorous life evaporated. In failing health, without having saved money for his retirement, and without steady work, he took his own life.
See more of his works here.
PICTURE OF THE WEEK
Each week we select our favourite Flickr photo from South Bank Snaps
Another beautiful reflection shot this week. We love how the iconic South Bank street lamps have been captured in this wintry puddle showing the beauty of the area, even in adverse weather conditions!