Thursday, May 18, 2017

William Von Riegen: The Last Time I Saw Them

William Von Riegen had a number of accomplished artistic styles in his arsenal, from loose and sketchy figure drawings to more finished and painterly illustrations. He thus could bring a very different look to his book and magazine illustrations than to his cartoons. The Last Time I Saw Them by Corey Ford and Alastair MacBain recounts stories of the Army Air Force's exploits during World War II. The book was published in 1946 with illustrations by Von Riegen, who here demonstrates a more sober and heroic tone than is seen in his typical magazine cartoons. Note the cover illustration's dramatic backlit figures and his effective use of the diagonal line of sight.

Corey Ford and Alastair MacBain, The Last Time I Saw Them
(New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1946)
Illustrated by William Von Riegen

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