Previously on Muddy Colors I’ve mentioned Pete Beard’s excellent series of videos devoted to illustrators and painters that he’s been producing over the last few years and I thought I’d take a moment this morning to mention that, happily, he’s still at it. Below are several recent profiles of N.C. Wyeth, Heinrich Kley, and Maxfield Parrish. Enjoy.
Arnie Fenner has worn a number of hats in his career, sometimes several at once. He was a Senior Artist for Hallmark Cards for 19 years, and for the last 14 has been the Senior Art Director for Andrews McMeel Publishing (part of Universal Press Syndicate).
While working in the corporate world, he has also (as time permitted) been a junior partner in the Jankus/Tiber advertising agency, served as art director for Mark Ziesing Books, been a small press publisher (of both books and magazines), and worked as a freelance illustrator and designer.
Fenner has produced many CD and book covers over the years for titles by everyone from Stephen King to Harlan Ellison to Bob Dylan to R.E.M.; he's received medals from the Society of Illustrators, certificates from Communication Arts, and two World Fantasy Awards. He collaborates with his wife, Cathy Fenner, on a wide variety of art books (including retrospectives devoted to Frank Frazetta, Dave Stevens, and Robert McGinnis among others) and the annual SPECTRUM: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.
I love that you’re highlighting his videos, I’ve been watching Pete Beard’s illustration videos for a long time now, it’s one of those absolute GEMS on youtube. Me and my fiance will watch them in the mornings sometimes before work, just a great way to get the day started and inject a bit of that motivation to think about and get to our drawing later in the day after work.
Love the series, love that you’re pointing it out to people. Cheers!
Thanks, Levi! They’re so well done: Pete Beard is providing a wonderful service with his histories. 🙂