Wednesday, October 7, 2009

This was made in PS from a photo I took of a friend's son at a lake. Thinking of doing a drawing based on this photo...
Happened upon Daniel Sprick website...pretty amazing contemporary realism.
Making progress on Gary Kelly ( Neo Realist long as we are talking labels:) paper.

from Illustration: A Visual History by Steven Heller and Seymour Chwast

“ In the early 1960’s, New Journalism was a form of editorialized reportage pioneered by Tom Wolfe (who coined the term), Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, Jimmy Breslin, Hunter S. Thompson, Joan Didion, Peter Hamill, and others for magazines like Esquire, Evergreen, Ramparts, Rolling Stone, and New York, among others. Usually written in the first person with literary flourishes, which was uncommon in most newspapers at the time, the approach challenged traditional, objective, third-person journalism by injecting more spice, and more personal insight, to the reportage stew. Parallel to this innovation in the 1960’s as an illustrative approach with many facets, partly to complement New Journalism, and partly to shake off the rigid notion that illustrative Realism must be a totally faithful representation of life. Like the New Journalists, Neo Realists attempted to look behind the facade of reality to amplify the nuance of say, a particular gesture or expression to impart more, not less, truth. Neo Realism brought more dimension to illustrative practice than the routine, cardboard reality that was de rigueur during the 1940’s and 1950’s in editorial and advertising illustration.” (Heller and Chwast, p. 137)

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