Today I would like to share the work of one my favorite illustrators: Eduard Thöny! His ability to design the most complex, but at the same time the most simple, pictures has left me speechless for years.
Thöny was a German illustrator born in Brixen in 1866 and studied at The Art Academy in Munich. He later contributed illustrations to Münchner Humoristische Blätter and Der Jugend, but is most well known for the thousands of pictures he did for the satirical magazine Simplicissimus from 1896-1944. In addition to being a contributing artist for Simplicissimus, he was an editor. In 1906, he and several other staff members persuaded the leadership to change the magazine into a joint stock company which gave the staff and artists even more control of the direction of the content.
Thöny did not write his own captions; they were added later by the editors after the image was submitted. He was especially known for his pictures on military, students, and social life. He turned in his originals in black and white, and worked with the art team to color them with the now famous limited palettes.
Eduard is known for his ink work, which is the medium he primarily used. With that said, he also utilized pencil and pasted on patterns to add texture to his inked imagery.
Thöny died in 1950 at 84 years of age. He was immensely prolific and created anywhere between 3,000-4,500 illustrations in his career (I’ve found varied reports). That means you should have no problem finding new Thöny pieces for many more years to come via the internet, books, galleries, etc – he just created so dang many. What kills me is that they are consistently brilliant!
Speaking of books, I’d like to recommend this book:
It’s his emphasis on loose linework, bold exaggerated shapes, savvy picture making, and exceptional texture that really stands out to me. Yes, his craft is exciting, but it’s how he takes this very interesting process and arranges it into exciting pictures that squarely positions him into legendary status.
Thanks to George Pratt for introducing Thöny to me when I was an art student. Speaking of Pratt, he has been exploring the Thöny technique for years and has brought it into his own work. Additionally, I have to mention how Edward Kinsella is also keeping the Thöny spirit alive!
Great post and Pratt probably introduced a lot of us to Thony. He was a composition master. Another modern practitioner with a heavy Thony influence is Jason Shawn Alexander. https://www.instagram.com/p/CIjMtqCL5L6/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
It’s true. Pratt has been blowing people’s minds sharing Thony’s work for years! I agree about JSA, his ink splatter game is unparalleled!
The last image reminds me Vania Zouravliov’s work. Thanks for the book, it’s not easy to find books from Simplicissimus artists
These images remined me of childhood level comis and cartoons. They all the beautifully designed and convey a picture of indepth analysis. I like all of the. I have player multiple games of this like in childhood, where the graphics are quite the same and intresting, and the most famous one is Evocreo.
These images remind me the films that my grandpa watched. Those are mostly black and white and the best thing is that my gandpa watches them daily. and the funny thing is that in my childhood I also love them. But now I doesn’t even know what I was looking for hahaahahahha.
All the pictures that you have displayed are like the comins ones that mostly childern of Japan like to read in their free time. As you know that now all the people of the world change the attention towards anime but in japan people still love to read the comics and other information.
I think you have used a very wonderful app like a light motion pro to edit these pictures that you have shared. believe me i really like them all.
All the images that you shared here are awesome. I love them all.
You have explained all the story with the images, I really like. Also, share the information about it more.
Can you please share with me the details of the game that images you have shared here?? Currently I am playing mini militia game and I can say that it is one of the most interesting.
All the posters that you have used in this posts are quite nice, I really like them all.