Sunday, April 15, 2012

Artist's Sketch Pad '56: Joyce Ballantyne

I purchased my first, and certainly not last, Artist's Sketch Pad / calendar (Brown & Bigelow, St. Paul, MINN 1956) today at a local antique show. Being a huge fan of Joyce Ballantyne I couldn't pass it up, even at the hefty price the seller was asking. I spent most of the day photographing her incredibly attractive images because the overall size of the calendar eclipses my scanner. I wanted to show these stunning works of art at a larger size than the American Art Archives has them posted (see HERE for more), my apologies for any quality issues.













11 comments:

Karswell said...

Find out more about Joyce here too:

http://www.sptimes.com/2004/09/05/Floridian/Real_Florida__Red_fac.shtml

Mr. Cavin said...

Aw, she's really the best ever.

I really like the August page best, as much I hate to admit it. I'm a little ticked that my birthday comes right in the middle of three months' worth of lame hunting-themed pin-ups. I would really like to see more car-themed stuff, or, obviously, October holiday-themed stuff. But whatever--it's still awesome.

I like the skimpily dressed woodcutter on February's page, too. I like that union suit. Apparently, she goes to bed dressed much, much less skimpily than she does chores.

Thanks for doing all the work to post these, Karswell. I can't believe you managed this kind of quality with a camera. You must have been adjusting color balances for hours.

Mykal Banta said...

Karswell: Whatever price you paid, it was worth it. This so such beautiful stuff! Her painting is incredible, and her draftsmanship is flawless.

Karswell said...

Spent about an hour or so, once I get the photos into photoshop it's just a matter of color correcting and adjusting a few levels here and there... thanks Mr. C!

I like the hunting stuff, even though I'm not a hunter and I despise hunting. My fave though is the bowling month. I'm not much if a bowler either but damn those are some super cute illustrations. Hell, they're all amazing.

Jerry Gonzalez said...

Wow! These are fantastic.
Thanks for posting.

Karswell said...

My pleasure Jerry, thanks for looking!

Drazen said...

this is insane dude you'r making me cry

Drazen said...

I'll trade you for a 1 inch Vampira head:-)

Karswell said...

Deal! haha

Craftypants Carol said...

Wow - these are incredible!

Karswell said...

Google her name for more!