Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Just two examples, both from the 1950s, of work by my other favourite fantasy artist of the later 20th century, the great Virgil Finlay. With all that detail, subtle shading and fine pointilism, it's sobering to think that most of Finlay's work was printed less than A4 on rough-grained pulp paper in mags like Weird Tales. Despite the detail, most of his drawings were also less than A4 in size. These two illustrations both date from 1952. (I say 'later 20th century' to distinguish from artists like Sime and Rackham who began to publish in the 1900s or earlier; Finlay was getting known in the 1930s).