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Albert Dorne: Master Illustrator Hardcover – January 20, 2013

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About the Author

Manuel Auad has been writing articles exploring and extolling the work of artists and illustrators since the early 1960s. In the mid-Nineties, Manuel established, Auad Publishing, with the express purpose of preserving the life's work of important and influential artists. After releasing three volumes featuring the comics and illustrations of Alex Toth-the first of which, the aptly-titled Toth, won the Eisner Award for "Best Comic Related Book”-Manuel has since published books on Jordi Bernet, Alex Niño and Franklin Booth, as well as a portfolio of Frank Brangwyn's Stations of the Cross.

An award-winning artist and illustrator who once entertained readers as a nationally syndicated cartoonist, he's also the author of Robert Fawcett: The Illustrator's Illustrator and the host of the popular Illustration Art blog (www.illustrationblogspot.com). In his role as an art historian, work that lead the New York Times to dub him an "illustration scholar,” he's lectured and written articles on the work of Robert Fawcett, Bernie Fuchs and other notable American artists.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Auad Publishing (January 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162050359X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620503591
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. on January 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I need to say that Manuel Auad is a friend of decades standing. I promise that does not influence my opinion of this book.

I didn't know that we needed a book on Albert Dorne. I didn't even want one. Manuel knew we needed this and that Dorne deserved it. So he made it happen. And I discovered that I'm incredibly grateful that he did. Grateful for the warm remembrances of Dorne's daughter, for Mr. Apatoff's very readable and engaging biography, and for the other historical tidbits, but most of all I'm grateful for the illustrations. I haven't seen enough Dorne. Unless you collect the magazines of the 30s and 40s, you wouldn't. He was prolific, but his style fell out of fashion by the time he founded the Famous Artist School in 1948, so that the other faculty were to have more lingering influence on Illustration history. Dorne worked fast and the legacy of his sometimes cartoony caricatures lingers in the styles of Jack Davis and Mort Drucker today, both of whom acknowledge the debt. Davis does a "Graphic Foreword" for the book.

Some of the reproduction is obviously from tear-sheets, yet handled with care and as much proficiency as possible. How they found as many originals as they did is a passing mystery. I'm grateful for that, too. I want to say that Manuel should stop making books that need to find a home on my shelves. But that wouldn't be true. Thank you, my friend, for knowing what I needed better that I did.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on February 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I thought this was a handsome and generous survey of this leading illustrator of the forties and fifties. Albert Dorne was part of a small group of artists whose work was everywhere in popular consumer magazines back then (though he never did a Saturday Evening Post cover) either as part of the editorial or art for an ad.

The book has dozens of his illustrations so you can really appreciate his style and in particular his speciality: crowd scenes. The two on page fifty-four and the four on pages seventy-two and three are just stunning. Of course, like any professional artist, Dorne was a skilled draftsman and nicely the book includes a few preliminary sketches for paintings that clearly show how good he was with just a pencil. Page 118 has a parade (another crowd scene) done in pen and ink that looks just perfect.

Dorne's work is in three sections in the book: magazine work; war illustrations; ad art. Each has plenty of examples though I was disappointed that, in the ads pages, there are only three examples of his lovely paintings he did for the Wurlitzer Company in the mid-forties. I think there were at least twenty in the long running campaign. As well as examples of his work David Apatoff contributes a short biography of Dorne's career and his work with the Famous Artists Schools and there are three other text pieces which I thought were mildly interesting.

The book is well produced though if I have a criticism it is that some of the pictures are a bit too small despite plenty of available space and perhaps missing is a page or two about Dorne's technique: how did he use his extensive reference file; what type of pencils, brushes, paints and paper were used, how were the colors applied et cetera. This would really have made the book complete.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul S. Power on January 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Manuel Auad has done it again! Another fine book on a classic American illustrator. ALBERT DORNE drew the finest hands and was a colourful person. His personality came out in his work. Any comic book artist or person wanting to get some acting into their artwork should buy this book. The text is a solid bio and a delightful read on the man as well. Many of my fellow Adventure cartoonists, storyboard artists and illustrator mates have been waiting for over 30 years to see a book like this. Well folks, the wait is over. Buy your copy now before it sells out. it is just THAT GOOD!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jpcooper on June 23, 2013
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I am familiar with Albert Dorne largely as a result of collecting magazine advertising art. His work from the World War II period is exceptionally noteworthy. After flipping through David Apatoff's new book I recognize his abilities far transcended this narrow field. From my own collecting experience it was plain to see Dorne was incredibly prolific and his work always met the highest standard. I was glad to see a book devoted to his life and art now available to the public. Because this is the only work in print it is a must purchase for any fan of illustration art and Dorne in particular. My primary criticism, and it may not be entirely fair, is that some of the images are not as crisp and clear as I would have liked. I qualify this in as much as I know many of these illustrations are lifted off the pages of vintage magazine and by their nature not the best. That said, I have seen other books that have done a little better job handling similar material. In addition, many of the pages suffer from a rather uninspired layout. The copy I received had a bit of a cocked binding but I am assuming this was an aberration and am not letting that effect my review. The binding is plenty adequate but not exceptional. All in all a good book and worth adding to an illustration lover's library. It does, however, still leave the door open for a more extensive and higher quality project in the future.
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