Saturday Evening Post artist Joe de Mers profiled in latest Illustration magazine

The latest issue of the US Illustration magazine (#64) features the work of American artist Joe de Mers, best known for his many slick magazine illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post and others.

Illustration magazine #64

In a profile on Illustration History, it’s noted that with guidance from his wife Janice, De Mers would dress his heroines in styles that would not become dated in the six months it took for the image to be published.

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Dinotopia creator James Gurney notes on his terrific art blog, Gurney Journey, that he typically combined abstract areas of flat colours with carefully rendered faces and hands. Large heads in illustrations were an exciting innovation borrowed from the closeup in feature films.

Also featured is artist E. Simms Campbell, famous for his gag cartoon illustrations for Esquire and Playboy, and his long-running comic strip Cuties.

Pulp magazine cover illustrator Alex Redmond in the 80-page magazine from Illustrated Press which, as usual, includes book reviews, exhibitions and events information.

Based in St. Louis, Illustrated Press publishes books and magazines devoted to the history of American illustration art. Their full colour Illustration magazine, available on subscription worldwide, is published quarterly, each issue featuring the highest quality printing, photography and color reproductions of original art and rare ephemera available anywhere.

Their books have profiled such legendary illustrators as Bernie Fuchs, Tom Lovell, Norman Saunders, Jon Whitcomb, Coby Whitmore, Haddon Sundblom, and Reynold Brown.

More details and ordering information for Illustration magazine #64 here on the Illustrated Press web site | To preview the issue, follow this link on Issuu

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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