More quotes from the Dean of Illustration.These are from a 1926 lecture and were originally written by Horace Gilmore. I am leaving the misspelling and grammatical errors intact. I want to thank Kev Ferrara for hunting these down and sharing them.
All images are Dean Cornwell.
Suggestion for designing canvas/composition – it is well not to have commonplace placement that is equal parts of foreground, middle distance, and distance. Better to have ample spacing of one or other.
When you use light and shade use it for all there is in it. If making a line drawing, then make it entirely a line drawing.
Have variety of space and shapes. When a canvas is designed it’s impossible to sign it without spoiling it.
Said picture looked as if a camera had just clicked without any thought, (happened to get it that way).
Suggested gasoline to clean canvas.
Picture looked as if it were made from other pictures instead of nature. Go to nature for everything. Natural edge of vignette, tree, edge of leaves.
Illustration perspective is free-hand perspective.
Study still life in different lights, outdoors, in doors, sunlight, etc. Have simple still lifes. Just one or two objects. Observe nature, relative values, and different lights, as moon and sunlight, night etc.
Regarding model in studio, always have picture practically finished before seeking models. Sometimes has model low for working on head, higher for working on body, and still higher for feet to get it as picture is laid in.
Light – (unreadable word – might be “Cornwell”) does part with artificial light, some with sky, related greys, etc.
Ideas that can be told in words are story ideas and not pictorial ideas. Pictorial ideas require consideration of nice design, sweet lovely tones, and color values and light, etc.
Don’t “do” everything. Sort of accent (bring out spots), nice large quick areas, and spots of detail carrying through.
Get the spirit of the picture. Different people have different kind of homes, do/live differently, etc.
Use light sweet high keyed tones for lovely girls, and low tones for men.
Dean Cornwell Notes Part 2