Al Parker Book Review
In recent years, the leading midcentury American illustrators, such as Tom Lovell, Coby Whitmore, Harry Anderson, and Albert Dorne are finally being represented with well-illustrated monographs.
Now it's Al Parker's turn. This edition by Auad Publishing showcases the work of one of the chief innovators of American illustration.
Parker pioneered the trend for the designed title spread in the glossy women's magazines.
Rather than compositions that fit neatly in a rectangular shape, these inviting openers combine hand-drawn headlines with an intriguing tagline and an illustration that promises drama.
Parker was always original in his use of posing, his color schemes and his approaches to storytelling.
None other than Norman Rockwell wrote him a fan letter, and said, "While the rest of us are working knee-deep in a groove, (Al Parker is) forever changing and improving."
Most of the book is devoted to visuals, including reproductions of original art, tearsheets, and comparisons between photo reference and final art.
The text includes personal reflections by Parker's son Kit, an article about Parker written by Stephanie Plunkett, thoughts about his artistry by David Apatoff, and a reprint of a 1964 interview.
Al Parker: Illustrator, Innovator is 9 x 12 inches, 208 pages, $44.95
Albert Dorne: Master Illustrator
Coby Whitmore: Artist and Illustrator
The Art of Harry Anderson
The Art of Jon Whitcomb
Henry Patrick Raleigh: The Confident Illustrator
Al Parker at the Rockwell Museum