Friday, October 19, 2012

John Buscema and Albert Dorne Illustrator

John Buscema
When I was a kid my biggest artistic influences were comic book artists. I loved the work of Gene Colan, Bernie Wrightson, Neal Adams, Frank Brunner, but I was especially drawn to the work of John Buscema. Buscema drew very convincing anatomy, his faces were very expressive and full of emotion and character. I liked the way he drew regular people, they were even more interesting to me than the superhero’s . Reading in an interview Buscema gave I discovered his biggest influences were Hal Foster, Alex Raymond and an illustrator named Albert Dorne, (not a complete list but these were the names he gave in that interview). 

A wonderful book on the work of John Buscema (left) came out earlier this year

On the right is a good example of Dorne's influence on Buscema's work

Albert Dorne

In High School, (I attended Art & Design in NYC), I was introduced to the work of illustrator’s and ran across the work of Albert Dorne. I could see how he was such an influence on Buscema and other comic book artist. Dorne’s illustrations looked like comic book characters. His illustrations had very expressive faces and hands, (hands were an important part of telling the story in his illustrations. The hands Buscema drew were expressive as well). Albert Dornes work was hard to find and I came across a total of about 5 to 6 illustrations by him. I wanted to see more but they were nowhere to be found. I had to wait several years for the internet to be able to research his illustrations. You can find quite a few of his illustrations on line now if you Google his name. Even better is a book being published on his work by AuadPublishing scheduled to be released in late 2012.

Albert Dorne
Albert Dorne
Albert Dorne

Albert Dorne

1 comment:

  1. Dorne was definitely a giant. In some of his ads he actually dabbled in comics. I have several tearsheets of six-panel continuities which he drew comics-style using brush and ink. He'd have made a great comic book artist.

    Dorne was one of those illustrators, like Fawcett and Briggs, who were financially successful, hugely influential, and admired by their peers yet never gained much name recognition among the general public. (Except for the comic-book reading public, which saw him in countless back cover ads.)

    I'm glad that Dorne's finally getting his book. Seeing that Auad is doing it, it's bound to be a good one.