It usually starts with a painting. I chance upon an image somewhere and I decide to learn more about the artist.
In this case, the image is this one…
… and the artist is Dean Cornwell (1892-1960), an illustrator for a number of American magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan.
He had started as a cartoonist for the Chicago Herald, and was also a respected muralist.
Here is a small selection of his art.
As usual, click on a thumbnail to see a larger view.
23 June 2018 at 16:43
Fantastically detailed artwork. I could see this guy doing artwork for the old Conan paperback covers.
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23 June 2018 at 20:06
And yet as far as I know he never did fantasy art.
But he was very good with both historical and exotic scenes, and he would certainly have been up to the job.