Study of J. C. Leyendecker’s ‘Girl with hat box’

J. C. Leyendecker was an early 20th century outstanding German-American illustrator best known for his poster, book and advertising illustrations and his numerous covers (322!) for the Saturday Evening Post. He studied drawing and anatomy under John Vanderpoel at the Chicago Art institute. Later he was influenced by artists such as Alphonse Mucha, a leader in the French Art Nouveau movement.

He is very good with big, bold graphic shapes, I also like the way he handles color. I made this study to see how he approached the very pale skin tones of the girl in his beautiful ‘Girl with hat box’ illustration ((Oil on canvas). The light source is warm with cool shadows and there is more saturated color in the shadows than in the light. A lot more still to learn. Loved using the Kyles oil brush in Adobe photoshop 23.2.1.

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