american illustration cover

Cover idea for illustration class for Herman Melville’s fantastic short story “Bartleby, the scrivener”. You should definitely consider reading it if you haven’t!


The Mermaid, American Weekly magazine, March 26, 1939, cover by Henry Clive by Tom Simpson

Rudolph Valentino Portrait by Carl V. Burger for the Cover of American Weekly.

The painting was signed on the left side, painted over and signed in reverse on the right side as in the publication is was flopped.

(Carl V. Burger (June 18, 1888 – December 30, 1967) was an American artist and writer of children’s books about animals and natural history. He is known for his children’s and youth literature illustrations of The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford and the Newbery Medal honor novels Old Yeller by Fred Gipson and Little Rascal by Sterling North.)

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James Avati - Louisville Saturday [1958] by Gandalf
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James Avati (Bloomfield, New Jersey, December 14, 1912 - Petaluma, California, February 27, 2005) was an American illustrator and paperback cover artist. He used professional models at first but soon used friends, family and people off the streets of Red Bank, New Jersey, his home for much of his life, as models. He sought reality in his representations on canvas and real people worked for him better than professionals.

[Paperback Cover - Oil on board, 30.5 x 45.7 cm]