Saul Steinberg

The witty and wry cartoonist Steinberg was born in Romania, 1914. He studied architecture and also began his career as a cartoonist in Milan until the rise of fascism. After being interned by Mussolini for 6 weeks, he immigrated to the United States via Santo Domingo. His covers and drawings would appear in the New Yorker for six decades.

Photo by Inge Morath: Saul Steinberg Masks (c. 1960)

Robert Lewis Taylor. Adrift in a Boneyard. 1947. First edition.

Steinberg's first published New Yorker cover. After immigrating to the United States, he enlisted in the army and was sent to China as an intelligence officer. via  The New Yorker



Henri Cartier-Bresson Saul Steinberg, Vermont (1947)

Jack and Jill Magazine

Jack and Jill Magazine has been continually in publication since 1938. Here are some beautiful covers from the mid to late fifties, most available on ebay.

June 1956, cover by Wilbur Wickham

August 1959, Wilbur Wickham via ebay

April 1958 via ebay

September 1958 via ebay

September 1957, Space policeman by Lou Segal via ebay

This week on my drawing board

This week in MATS class, we're doing children's picture books. The assignment was illustrating the cover or a spread of Aesop's "The Tortoise and the Hare" fable. I saw the tortoise as being a very organized and positive fellow, who would plan out his journey to the "T". I love painting rain scenes, so I threw that in because I wanted to make my painting feel really atmospheric.

Here's the final cover

I began in my sketchbook, and it gave me some ideas for how I might approach a spread. In the end, I decided to do the cover for now, because it's something I want to work on and add to my portfolio.