I remember in the late 1980s, when I was attending Milton Glaser's infamous Design & Personality week-long self-discovery seminar, raising my hand and asking "Is it okay that I can't draw?".
He replied that George Lois once asked him the same thing, so I figured I was okay.
I have always loved artists, especially those that are great at bringing pages to life, whatever the medium. George Lois was a brilliant designer, and created some of the most memorable magazine covers of all time for Esquire magazine in the 1960s. I have a few of those vintage Esquire magazines laying around here somewhere.
This site, illoinfo, is dedicated to artists, in particular illustrators. You have informed me and inspired me since I first entered the design profession in the late 1970s. The opportunity to provide assignments to freelance artists and illustrators brought me more pleasure than almost any other part of being an Art Director—except for choosing typefaces, which runs a close second. So, this is the first of what will become many pieces highlighting great illustrators.
Click on the menu bar to access my first article, on R. O. Blechman.
April 4, 2017