Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Ballerina's Shadows: Donald Higgins Proposed New Yorker Cover Art

Donald Higgins published five New Yorker covers over the course of his career. All of them are scenes in very low light, the brightest being a predawn view of the rowboats on Central Park Lake. The bold linework here recalls the art of Bernard Buffett.

Donald Higgins, The New Yorker, October 2, 1965

Higgins's study of a ballerina with a multiplicity of shadows cast by stage lights is something of a departure for him in the preeminence of a figure with movement. Light and shadow are always important elements in the few pieces we have of his, and that remains true here. This composition might have made for an interesting magazine cover but, for whatever reason, it was not accepted.

Donald Higgins, proposed New Yorker cover

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Donald Higgins's signature

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Donald Higgins
eBay Listing Ended November 16, 2016



Donald Higgins
eBay Item Description

eBay Bid History
Eight bids, five in the final hour of which three were in the final minute


Donald Higgins, proposed New Yorker cover


The eBay listing is actually the second appearance of this work on the market. The piece was first offered on November 1, 2016 by William Bunch Auctions & Appraisals of Chadds Ford, PA with an estimate of $200-$400. It sold there for only $20.
Donald Higgins, proposed New Yorker cover

Donald Higgins's signature

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Donald Higgins
William Bunch Auctions & Appraisals, Chadds Ford, PA
November 1, 2016


Note:  I don't know much about Donald Higgins and his work, but I'd certainly like to see more. Please send along scans and photos of any pieces you may have by this artist.


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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Ronald Searle's Football Carry

Illustrator Ronald Searle demonstrates how to carry a football to avoid turnovers. At press time, as it used to be called, the original art is available for purchase on eBay. Get it now during the off-season.

Ronald Searle
Spot drawing of a football player for TV Guide

Ronald Searle
Spot drawing of a football player for TV Guide, framed



Matt Jones, Ronald Searle's America, 2016

Matt Jones, Ronald Searle's America, 2016, page 315

Ronald Searle
eBay Listing as of July 22, 2017

Ronald Searle
eBay Item Description

Ronald Searle
Spot drawing of a football player for TV Guide



Note:  As a public service, I'm always happy to show original art by Ronald Searle here on the old blog. Your scans and photos are welcome.


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Monday, July 24, 2017

My Entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #577

Chow down my entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #577 for July 24, 2017. The drawing is by David Borchart.

"Let's order in."



These captions were rejected by the Department of Health:
"Dinner's on me."
"Your kitchen or my kitchen?"
"What's a good pairing with pinot noir?"




Note:  Last week cartoonist Joe Dator was all about the bees. My caption came down with the hives. Don't get stung by Contest #576.

Click the link to order up some fries and old blog posts about David Borchart.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Danny Shanahan: Shark Week

Danny Shanahan reminds us that we have more to worry about this week than just the rising seas. He has embellished his New Yorker cover of March 7, 2016 with an original sketch of another well-known desert island hazard. Does anyone need reminding that it is, after all, Shark Week?




eBay Listing Ended June 18, 2016

eBay Item Description

eBay Bid History
Three bids. The last one gets it.




Note:  This is the first signed magazine cover with an original drawing to appear on this blog. Is it really such a rare thing? 


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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Ronald Searle: Adam and Eve and the Flaming Sword of P. C.

See what happens when you don't behave? New to eBay:

Ronald Searle, Adam and Eve and the Flaming Sword of P. C.
Saturday Review, July 1972

Ronald Searle, Adam and Eve and the Flaming Sword of P. C.
Saturday Review, July 1972
Framed


Ronald Searle, 1979

Ronald Searle, 1979

Ronald Searle
eBay Listing as of July 22, 2017

Ronald Searle
eBay Item Description

Ronald Searle, Adam and Eve and the Flaming Sword of P. C.
Saturday Review, July 1972


Note:  This piece is mentioned on Perpetua, the Ronald Searle Tribute blog here.


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