Archive for November, 2018


New Drawing: Waiting by the Door

November 29, 2018

I started a new drawing today. I’m using a conte crayon on textured paper (Wallis brand.) The working are is 12 x 16 inches.

drawing of a man sitting by an open door with a figure in the background.

The foreground figure was drawn in rough and dry, and for the wall behind him I used a rag and stump. For the back room area I made a wash of the conte by dipping a brush in some mineral spirits. I was originally planning to wash in everything, but I’m sort of liking the contrast texture. We’ll see how long that feeling lasts as I let this sit for a few days.

I do still need to do something more with those windows and a few touch ups, but I think I need to spray fixative first. It’s getting messy to touch.


Some New Random Sketches

November 20, 2018

These are four random sketches I made over the last weekend. Some were made at the library, and one in my friend Sam’s bedroom.


Appreciating the Art of M. Leone Bracker

November 13, 2018

Several years back, as I was digging through online archives of magazines from the early 20th Century, I kept coming across the fascinating drawings of an illustrator, named M(urray) Leone Bracker.

I haven’t been able to uncover much information about him other than he had a younger brother, Joseph, who was also an illustrator with a very similar style, so they must have agreed that Joseph would sign his name differently as “J. Henry” (Joseph Henry Bracker.) I only recently learned that the “M” stood for “Murray.” It appears that he was born in the late 1800’s, and I assume he began his illustration career around 1900. The earliest work I’ve seen was dated 1909, and the latest was advertisement art from 1928.

He seemed to prefer charcoal as his medium of choice; although, I have seen at least one painted magazine cover. The realism of the rendering shows what appears to be a strong photo reference with high contrast lighting. The staging and poses of his figures generally have a theatrical melodramatic characterization. His work is very unique for illustrations of this time, and wonderfully drawn.

Below is a selection of a few more examples of his art. I’ve found story illustration from books and magazines, as well as posters.

If you want to find reproductions of his art, look for magazine issues of Scribner’s, Hearst’s International, and Collier’s around 1910 – 1930. He also illustrated books for Bruno Lessing and Arthur Roche, among others.