Posts Tagged ‘people’

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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.

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Painting Final: Jerry Reading

October 23, 2018

It’s not 100% finished, but far enough to let it sit for awhile, then do some cleaning up. That right hand in the corner could use a little more work, I think.

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Painting Update 2: Jerry Reading

October 12, 2018
gouache painted figure in progress

Made a little more progress on the new painting. I’ve worked more on his head, arms and shirt. I wasn’t sure how well the white paint would cover on this grey surface, but it did okay.

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Painting Update: Jerry Reading

October 7, 2018

Other chores got me pulled away from the painting for a few days, but I managed to at least work on his face this afternoon. It looks like him, so that’s always a good sign.

I’m liking the rough sketchiness of this so far, so I’m hoping I can keep that without getting carried away with details as I tend to do. I’m losing love for his yellow pillow, however.

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New Painting Started: Jerry Reading

October 1, 2018

I’m starting a new gouache painting of my friend, Jerry, who posed for me awhile back as he caught up on some reading. The surface is surface is 13 x 19 inch gray Binder’s Board.

pencil sketch on newsprint

I began with a rough pencil sketch on newsprint. I then rubbed gray pastel chalk on the back to transfer it to the board, tracing just the outline shapes.

initial painting stage with undertones

I started to set the values on the board using a refill marker from Molotow that was filled with thin burnt sienna acrylic paint (Golden’s High Flow.) I used some thin raw umber acrylic in some areas to get a slightly darker gray value than the gray of the board. This I applied with a brush. On the left you can see where I’ve started in with gouache paint.

This binder’s board is an interesting surface to paint on. It’s about 3mm thick, and very absorbent. I think that there might not be any sort of sizing on it. The paint marker gave a rough dry brush on this that makes it good for loosely blocking in shapes. If I scrub the surface with a stiff wet brush it’ll peel up a bit, but it’s solid grey all through, so that’s not a big problem. No warping from the water, either. I like it.

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Painting Final: Curtis On Guitar

September 15, 2018

I’m going to call this finished for now. I’ll still need to do a few touch ups here and there, but I’ll let him sit for awhile and listen to him play.

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Painting Update 5: Curtis On Guitar

September 9, 2018

Here’s the latest update on the painting. I’ve got the flower pot, chair and floor done. I need to finish on the guitar and the back wall, a little touching up, and that should be it.