By Charles Holme
The aim of this e-book is a straightforward one, particularly, to provide common and sundry examples of up to date pen-and-ink drawings. it isn't meant to provide an illustrated catalogue of the entire remarkable pen draughtsmen of Europe and the US. a few famous names might be ignored, and overlooked with remorse however the Editor has endeavoured, in the limits of the distance at his disposal, to render each one element of the e-book as consultant as attainable of the simplest paintings of the nationalities handled.
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Corps of figure men, however, would still be large, for the book publishers have availed themselves of the line artist to give reprints of the classics a greater chance of success, and to differentiate them from editions which merely rely on scholarly emendation or improved typography. Harking back, as he does then, to the masterpieces of yesterday, the publisher has also given a far greater opportunity for the exploitation of the picturesque than the illustrator of stories of modern life can hope to furnish, for it is exceedingly difficult to add vitality to a frock coat, while it demands no little skill to make the modern woman's costume much more artistic than the illustrations to a fashion Thus we find the artists article.
Deserted crane, the lifeless, stagnant water, in its rock-hewn basins, all these things stand out the abandoned blocks and the lonely hills astonish those A — against the sky with telling effect. Mr. Selwyn Image, whose decorative work is much more familiar, gives strange vividness to the Here, study of still life in The End oj the Glade^ Epping Forest. even more than in the landscapes I have described, the values of pen work show to great advantage in mechanical reproduction. Indeed, the pen as the artist's medium is the point of main interest,' and would have totally disappeared in the old days of the woodcut, when the physical character of the material conditioned the result to such Landscape, hurriedly expressed, with figures to give it an extent.
The little band of fairy-story illustrators, of whom a good example is Mr. Percy J. Billinghurst, who has illuminated the text of ^ — La Fontaine by his brilliant pen. raj3« I been led to deal briefly with^ the humorists, the caricaturists, and the child's book illustrators in black-and-white, from the point of view of seniority and the association of names rather than from the logical development of line-work in illustration of the thing actually seen, instead of from the thing imagined. In another vein, the landscapes reproduced here demonstrate the remarkable variety, skill, and strength of the black-and-white school.
Modern pen drawings - European and American by Charles Holme