I have a large collection of old illustration magazines and manuals. They can be funny to read, descriptive text from the 1920′s ETC has a very pronounced style. But they have a ton of amazing, beautiful art samples. I will upload a few from time-to-time if people are interested. The above catalog was published by Higgins Ink Co. from 1948, and is edition number 5 (the first being from 1927). It has dozens of illustration samples from folks who, obviously, use Higgins Ink.
It features some great advertising cuts, book covers and golden age illustration samples as well as several wash drawings by Andrew Wyeth. I’ve chosen pieces by Dong Kingman and Tracy Sugarman to show up close.
Each page features at least one, and as many as 5 illustrations and short bites about the artist’s technique or methods. It also features cutting edge (for the time) info on line screens, half tones and advice from various professionals. I’ll leave you with this quote from William Longyear (credited as -Head, Dept. of Advertising Design Pratt Institute-)
“If you aspire to be an illustrator, draw incessantly, draw intelligently, draw for the love of it. Drawings is the foundation of all illustration.” While not revolutionary, certainly good advice and advice that is as true today as it was in 1948.