27.10.07

Aubrey Beardsley

9 comments:

Eric Orchard said...

Wonderful line work, very lyrical. I love the richness of the darks as well.

Ben hatke said...

It's really hard to do bendy arms well. You did it.

And that's a fine fine nose.

Theodore said...

JUST in case it wasn't obvious from the tag, the help from Beardsley is the very lyrical boarder. ahem.

Jef Murray said...

Very nice, Ted. Has a great "Oscar Wilde" feel to it...

Theodore said...

Thanks Jef,
as you may know, Beardsley was in Oscar Wilde "set"

He converted (as did Wilde) shortly before his death.

Beardsley wrote his publisher after his conversion begging him to destroy all illustrations for the book Lysistrata because of their pornographic nature. He was too late... the work was published. http://www.trivia-library.com/c/final-days-of-english-illustrator-audrey-beardsley.htm

Ben hatke said...

Ted, that's good to know about Beardsley. I found a bunch of those illustrations (it must have been the book you mentioned) in a collection of his works. It was kind of dismaying because otherwise he had such a brilliant sense of design and was certainly a master of black and white art.

Is this a story to be covered in Gilbert Magazine?

Ben Hatke said...

Incidentally, I've been packing up my books and I found my Aubry Beardsley greeting card book! Hooray!

Now it's packed up in a box until a day in some future world when I have a house again.

theodore said...

I'm trying to get Envoy to do a series of shorts on famous converts. Do you think I should keep the boarder if I do get it printed? feels like cheating.

WondrousPilgrim said...

i lvoe it. i just got a book of his prints. marvelous. And I think the border can stay, though perhaps you can do a border inspired by beardsley if you feel bad.