Friday, March 7, 2008
Jury Duty Sketches day 3 & DEAN CORNWELL!!!
Well, unless you're a die-hard student of figure drawing or illustration you may never have heard of Dean Cornwell. A contemporary of Norman Rockwell's, Dean was also known as "The Dean of Illustrators". Now that's quite a title in a time before television when illustration was king and illustrators were literally treated like today's movie stars.
But Dean was more than just an illustrator, he was also an extraordinary mural artist. He completed a series of murals for the Los Angeles Public Library's central branch in downtown Los Angeles in 1933. Today for the very first time I saw those murals. I was astonished and absolutely in awe. I went to see the murals on my lunch break from jury duty (the library is just 3 blocks away). I took my sketchbook and very humbly sketched a study of one of the figures in the murals. I had a mere 15 minutes before I had to head back so I will certainly be making a return visit.
So, that drawing is included here, along with 2 other little sketches from around the courthouse today. Please enjoy.
And that's my truth.
Posted by Nathanael Lark at 8:42 PM