Illustrators I love: David Plunkert

During all the years I worked as an art director on various magazines, I had the pleasure to work with some fabulous illustrators. David Plunkert has always been a favorite. Here are some of his pieces. The first three, from an article for Audubon Magazine are different for him... I really love what he's doing here with the textures and childlike renderings.

What do birds do for us by David Plunkert. Audubon Magazine.

What do birds do for us by David Plunkert. Audubon Magazine.

What do birds do for us by David Plunkert. Audubon Magazine.

David Plunkert. The "block" style.

This is one of many posters he and his studio Spur Design have done for  Theatre Project. Super-smart concepts and strong graphics.

I've always loved his collage style.

An illustration David did for us at Fit Pregnancy magazine about work hazards during pregnancy.

Abstract Saturday: Franz Kline (1910-1962)

Kline didn't begin painting abstractly until the 1940s. To help himself think in abstract forms after years of figural painting, he used an enlarger to zoom in on areas of smaller drawings to find the strong gestural, seemingly spontaneous lines that he would become known for, first in black and white and later in color as well. At times, he even revisited his earlier works and added color elements. 

Franz Kline | Orange Outline 1955. Oil on paperboard mounted on canvas 38 x 40 in. (96.5 x 101.6 cm)

New York 1953

Black Reflections, 1959 via the Metropolitan Museum

Untitled II 1953

Orla Kiely's London home

The textile designer proves that the mid-century modern sensibility that comes through in her creations runs deep. She nicely mixes modern touches with the Victorian bones of her terrace house. Via Dwell.com.

The sunken seating area with a Malm fireplace. Photos by Chris Tubbs.

Kiely and architect Maxim Laroussi designed the kitchen unit.

In the living room, salvaged ebony wood flooring and pops of citrus.

Edward Steichen (1879-1973)

He was one of the great iconic photographers of the twentieth century and a personal favorite of mine. Here are some of Steichen's photographs of Old Hollywood and early Vogue.

Vogue 1933 via

Gorgeous image of young Gary Cooper by Edward Steichen 1930

Mary Taylor wearing white angora hat with grosgrain band by Maria Guy, striped rough silk ensemble, and dark shirred scarf, with reflection in mirror behind her 1933

Vogue 1928

Bound for Hawaii, Edward Steichen photographs two models on the deck of the cruise ship liner Lurline, 1934 via 

Louise Brooks, 1928

Edward Steichen (1879–1973), Marlene Dietrich, 1931. Gelatin silver print, sheet: 10 × 8 in. (25.4 × 20.3 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Richard and Jackie Hollander in memory of Ellyn Hollander 2012.234. Steichen/Vanity Fair; © 2014 The Estate of Edward Steichen/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York via  the Whitney Museum

Edward Steichen (1879–1973), Foxgloves, France, 1925. Gelatin silver print, 9 15/16 × 7 15/16 in. (25.2 × 20.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Richard and Jackie Hollander in memory of Ellyn Hollander 2012.222. © 2014 The Estate of Edward Steichen/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. 

Edward Steichen & Lilyan Tashman, Beach Party, Hollywood 1931