Bernie Fuchs, Illustrator
September 22, 2009 5:11 PM Subscribe
, one of the all-time greats of American illustration, has passed away.
A phenomenally talented artist, he didn't start studying to be an artist until an industrial accident the year after high school cost him 3 fingers
, and ended his dream of becoming a professional jazz trumpeter. (And he lost those fingers on his drawing hand!)
He began his commercial art career at New Center Studio
in Detroit, working on illustrations for the auto companies. In a few short years, it was off to NYC, where he was soon dazzling the best in the business. "I don't know who the hell did this, but the business is never going to be the same."
After mastering the existing illustration styles of the day
, he went on to create his signature style
of transparent washes of oil color, all grounded with spectacular draughtsmanship and a stunning sense of design.
on his career and technique.
RIP, Bernie Fuchs, and thanks for the work.