Monday, August 13, 2007

Famous Artists Course: Fred Ludekens

This is a great set of pages from the "Famous Artists Course" by illustrator Fred Ludekens. It's one of the few examples I can think of where an artist shows you how he works step-by-step and explains what he is thinking as he goes. Click to see these really big and read them.




15 comments:

Jenny said...

That's great stuff(and a lot of work to scan--thanks!).

Michael said...

Thanks for the big high-res pictures, Mark!
Excellent.

JP said...

There's so much knowledge in those few pages. Structure, pattern, rythm, contrast, movement... He says something about every subject.

Julián höek said...

Thanks for the pics! these are awsome!
The famous artist course is a great source of information, please post more if you have!
ciao!

Stephen said...

Mark, thanks SO MUCH for posting this lesson from the Famous Artists Course. Like you said, it's great that the artist shared his process, but when I read that, I had no idea how detailed his explanations would be! I'm going to have to read this one a few times to absorb everything Ludekens is pointing out. I hope that you may be able to share more from the Course in the future (and thanks again for the ones in your archive). It's a shame this stuff isn't more readily available, since it's a real treasure trove of information.

Stephen
http://meetingedges.blogspot.com

Randy Ranson said...

Ludekens work is great, and this lesson imparts a great deal of visual knowledge. Speaking of laying down the darks first, Noel Sickles was another who utilized this method of adding power and emphasis to his overall designs. Another is Sanford Kossin, his Life Magazine Bay of Pigs illustrations, were masterful examples of the use of darks to add drama to a scene. Great forum, and enjoy coming to your site, any chance I can get. All the best.

mark kennedy said...

Thanks for letting me know that you all enjoyed the scans...more to come.

G1toons said...

I'm assuming you can no but all of his lessons, there is so much knowledge out there thanks for sharing

the clownninja said...

incidently, I believe Milt Kahl was this guys roomate before he worked at disney, Ludekens was an art director, he got Kahl illustration work, and taught him a few things.

the clownninja said...

by the way, this is a great blog, I enjoy your thoughts and your work. thanks for the effort Mark.

Casey Klahn said...

I actually took the FAS Course for Talented Young People, back in the early Seventies, or maybe it was the late Sixties?
Anyway, I was just thinking about how excellent it was at teaching fluidity in sketching, and that for a commercial art biased course! Or so it seemed to me.
Glad I found your site.
Maybe I'll post a few things about my own FAS experiences, especially since there is current interest.

GS said...

Thanks for posting these wonderful lessons.

Famous artists school course seems to be by far the best designed and written course material. I believe since it was interactive in nature (as opposed to a textbook), this has refined to such an extent, that the instructors had anticipated all possible questions that can run through the mind and have layed it down so clearly on paper.

I was lucky enough to ontain a copy of the '64 version, on commercial art and illustration. My jaw stays dropped. Though the interactivity will be missed, it is still a great source of learning, compared to several books one has to research and study from in order to obtain similar knowledge.

I understand that there are several versions .. cartooning, painting, and one specially for 'talented young people', I am wondering what would be a complete set, if one were to attempt to get hold of.

Graet job for posting these lessons. Especially it should have been a difficult scan work!

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