Great Pen and Ink: 1-Virgil Finlay

I am going to do a bunch of posts showing the great work of the past. Too often we take art for granted in this world, especially now that we have computers that can simulate any style of art. I want to showcase artists who do it all by hand, from past to present (in no particular order). I am starting with my favorite guy, Virgil Finlay. Since I am not a very wordy person, I am going to show their works and include quotes with links to biographies.

Virgil Finlay: 1914-1971
Very good and short Bio here:

“much of Finlay’s best work was for pulp magazines like Weird Tales and Amazing Stories which paid a pittance and printed his finely-hatched scratchboard drawings on the cheapest paper. The advantages to this work, such as they were, came in the access to a huge and appreciative audience, and the chance to provide the first illustrations for what would turn out to be classic genre stories”
-from John Coulthar:

-from the scratch-board blog archives:

“Virgil Finlay was one of the greatest science fiction and fantasy artists. He started working for Weird Tales in 1935 and continued to work for that magazine and others for over 35 years. He was a prolific artist and created more than 2,500 images… Finlay worked in a combination of hatching, the use of small lines to create tone in pen and ink, stipple, the application of hundreds (or thousands) of tiny dots to create an even smoother and almost photorealistic tone, and scratchboard, the application of ink to a clay-coated white board which is then scratched away with a sharp instrument to reveal white lines.

Many artists would work in any one of these techniques; Finlay’s unique approach was to combine them in the same drawing, giving him the ability to utilize an extraordinary range of tone and texture. He was noted in particular for his beautiful and elaborate stipple work.” -from the lines and colors blog:

On this one you can see more of the details, he did amazing work and if you ever get the chance to see some in person or even a nicely printed book with his work I recommend taking the time to study it.

More art here:
Or look up Virgil Finlay in a google image search, eye candy galore!


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