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Someone in the notes of the last Leyendecker post I reblogged mentioned having difficulty telling his work and Rockwell’s apart, and I know from experience that many people get them confused, which is somewhat astonishing as, to my eyes, their styles are very distinct. Leyendecker was Rockwell’s idol and mentor, but they were very different people and were interested in portraying different aspects of humanity, even when the basic subject matter was the same.

Surface-level, here are some differences:

  • Leyendecker smoothed out faults and imperfections (in the young. he stylized them in the old); Rockwell exaggerated them to mild or moderate caricature
  • Leyendecker approached his paintings as sculpture- even the merest clothing folds are carved out of the paint; Rockwell approached his paintings as drawings- the underlying contour always shines through.
  • Leyendecker used broad hatching brushstrokes and areas of smooth shine; Rockwell used more naturalistic texture and lighting
  • Leyendecker created idolized, larger-than-life figures that feel Hellenistic in their perfection; Rockwell created intimate scenes populated by figures that feel familiar in their specificity
  • Leyendecker’s best and most comfortable work was as a fashion/lifestyle illustrator; Rockwell’s best and most comfortable work was as an editorial/humor illustrator 
  • Leyendecker created beautiful still lives with his figures; Rockwell told compelling stories
  • Leyendecker often created erotic tension in his paintings; Rockwell almost never did.

See below: Two paintings of soldiers with women, but in Rockwell’s there is a clear punchline, and while the poses are contrived for the sake of composition, they’re not self-conscious. The women are pretty- as demanded by the central joke- but not truly sexualized anywhere but in the mind of the young soldier who is being overloaded with cake and attention. 

Contrast Leyendecker’s soldiers with a young nurse. Everyone in this image is posing attractively- no one has their mouth full or ears sticking out. Each crease and fold is sharp and sculptural, and the light picks out their best features- in particular the shoulders and posterior of the soldier facing away from the viewer. There is neither joke nor story, merely a group of beautiful young people, portrayed with deft brushwork and graceful lines. (and check out that hatching! That’s indicator #1 that you’ve got a Leyendecker image)

Leyendecker was very comfortable with “hot young things wearing clothes”, and did them very VERY well, but his facility with idealization came at the cost of personalization, which was fine for fashion illustration, but shows in his domestic scenes: 

Beautiful, but… cold. (Also, that hand on the left- who holds a baby with their hand like that??? Good lord, J.C.) Compare a Rockwell illustration (for a baby food brand, I believe) of a mother and baby: this is clearly a real and individual young mother and baby, interacting exactly how parents and babies really interact.

Even when they did basically the same content, and putting aside posing or composition or anything other than objective visual analysis, it’s still obvious who is who:

  • Red: NR’s smoother rendering vs JCL’s super cool hatching
  • Green: NR’s naturalistic cloth folds vs JCL’s sculptural stylization
  • Blue: NR’s natural lighting vs JCL’s world where everything is shiny

Now go forth, confident in the knowledge that you’ll never confuse a Rockwell or a Leyendecker ever again, and can refute any claim that their styles are ‘virtually identical’. 

SUN/MOON/RISING • AESTHETICS/COLORS/SONGS
  • Aries ☉: Scraped knees, band shirts, leather jackets, combat boots, cigarettes and loud laughter
  • Aries ☽: Bright Red
  • Aries ⇑: Somebody told me - the killers
  • Taurus ☉: Blue birds, the smell of freshly baked cookies, white lace, record players, your favorite books
  • Taurus ☽: Pastel purple
  • Taurus ⇑: Art Deco - Lana Del Rey
  • Gemini ☉: Big sunglasses, lemon ice cream, rainbows, bright colored flowers, French braids
  • Gemini ☽: Bright yellow
  • Gemini ⇑: Caught in the middle - Paramore
  • Cancer ☉: The sea, kittens, soft sweaters, childhood scrapbooks, teddy bears, cute candles
  • Cancer ☽: Baby blue
  • Cancer ⇑: Cry baby - the neighborhood
  • Leo ☉: The sun touchig your skin, golden glitters, crazy hair, running till your feet can't take it anymore
  • Leo ☽: Gold
  • Leo ⇑: Super rich kids - Frank Ocean
  • Virgo ☉: Clouds, Small tattoos, Tea with honey, Brownies, Polaroid cameras, self written stories
  • Virgo ☽: Silver
  • Virgo ⇑: Knee socks - Arctic monkeys
  • Libra ☉: Glitter lips, plaid skirts, pretty handwriting, perfume, Heart shaped sunglasses
  • Libra ☽: soft pink
  • Libra ⇑: Bubblegum bitch - Marina and the diamond
  • Scorpio ☉: Black cats, witchcraft, horror movies, taboos, dark chocolate, palm reading
  • Scorpio ☽: Deep purple
  • Scorpio ⇑: I wanna be yours - Arctic monkeys
  • Sagittarius ☉: Notebooks with stories, maps, late night conversations, sunsets, singing from the top of your lungs
  • Sagittarius ☽: Orange
  • Sagittarius ⇑: Perfect places - Lorde
  • Capricorn ☉: Trying to keep a straight face, sarcasm, coffee, riddles, old cars, the forest
  • Capricorn ☽: Dark brown
  • Capricorn ⇑: Money power glory - Lana Del Rey
  • Aquarius ☉: Neon signs, aliens, breaking rules, lightning, sour sweets, reading someone's mind, conspiracy theories
  • Aquarius ☽: Electric blue
  • Aquarius ⇑: UGH! - The 1975
  • Pisces ☉: Fairy lights, sleepy eyes, feeling like you're in a different dimension, soft hair, sparkling water, big eyes
  • Pisces ☽: Pastel yellow
  • Pisces ⇑: Cigarette daydreams - Cage the elephant
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I think one curious little thing is that we, at first sight, never get shown Viktor’s expression in this moment when Yuuri suddenly pushes him way, leaving many wondering how he actually responded to it

HOWEVER

they did add his reflection in Yuuri’s eyes and it makes me cry because he’s SO CONFUSED AND HURT BY THE SUDDEN REJECTION

it just ties in so well with Viktor’s fear of rejection (I wrote about it here) where he desires emotional and physical closeness but fears being pushed away at the same time AND I JUST

PROTECT THIS MAN AND HIS SOFT HEART AT ALL COST

HE DESERVES ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD HE’S SO PURE

I’m so in love with the thought of Viktor guarding the depth of his heart and at the same time he wants nothing else but to have someone take care of it for him with all the love and care they can muster so he can give them all his love in return 

it just makes me remember this line 

I think Viktor’s heart is just as fragile as Yuuri’s but in a completely different way, instead fueled by Viktor’s loneliness and longing for someone to stay close to that would never leave him

I’M SO GLAD YUURI WAS ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF VIKTOR JUST AS MUCH AS VIKTOR CARED FOR YUURI AND THAT THEY BOTH FOUND LOVE AND HAPPINESS WITH EACH OTHER IN THE END 

| HAWKE SIBLINGS | DA2 | Legacy |

“…I ask only that you learn to accept yourselves, regardless of flaws or strengths inherited. That you allow yourselves to love and to be loved, for it can breed wonderful things. That you keep each other safe from harm; the Hawke name means little if there is no one left to bear it. Yet know that, should conflict arise, I would prefer your happiness to my legacy each and every time.”

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I saw seven birds: the Twins, the Lover, the Protector, the Lonely Journal-keeper, the Peacemaker, and the Wordless One.

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Even tho I still can’t manage holding my tablet’s pen, my mechanical pencil is slim and light enough to let me draw! Which is why I spent the last few days sketching traditionally - maybe this blog has been inactive long enough to allow me to post shitty pics of shitty pencil doodles too haha