Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Bernard Krigstein Illustration Archive: "Rusty's Space Ship" 1957

part four of HEAD MEDICINE'S Bernard Krigstein Illustration Archive, a collection of over 50 rare illustrations from 1957-58, many never reprinted since their original publication, and scanned directly from tear sheets in the legendary artists' own collection.   for more info on Krigstein and to view the rest of the Archive, click HERE

These illustrations are from "Rusty's Space Ship," a whimsical children's book published by Doubleday in 1957.  Krigstein kept few stylistic rules with these pieces, the lines are scratched out in a variety of ways with a variety of tools, seemingly whatever was nearby or could give him the desired effect.  bold blacks, scratchy pen, modernist brushwork, zip-a-tone, ink splatters, and, in the last piece, odd circular pen scribbles.  whatever worked.

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