16 June 2018 - LOST ART OF THE CUTAWAY


 LOST ART OF
 THE CUTAWAY

G'day folks,

Do you recall these? I sure do.

I could say, that as a kid, I used to love looking at cutaway illustrations, but the thing is: I still think they’re just the greatest thing ever. With cutaway art, you get to examine and explore miniature hidden worlds behind-the-scenes and under an x-ray. The best stuff surely came out of the mid twentieth century, a golden age of illustration that generated a voracious public demand for new graphic art in magazines and periodicals. Fast-forward to the age of computer graphics and the cutaway has lost its way; lost its charm. But today, I found some examples of the good stuff to gawk at.

While many of the great cutaway artists are sadly forgotten or unknown, if there’s one name to remember, it’s probably Frank Soltesz, the “King of Cutaway Drawings”. He pretty much defined the look of commercial illustration in the United States between the 1930s and 1960s, so this might be a good place to start.

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Clancy's comment: So clever. Love them, and it's a shame they do not exist today. Kids would find them enchanting, and they would enhance their learning.

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