Sunday, December 28, 2008

Influenza! Doug Johnson

Images copyright © Doug Johnson.
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When I started out as an illustrator I met one of my heroes, illustrator, Doug Johnson in Austin, Texas at illustrator, Larry McEntire's Studio . Doug Johnson was one of the best illustrators around in the 70's and 80's. He had that uniqueness that defied imitation. His artwork had those incredible highlights (blobs of paint we called "blippos" at The Sketchpad), and master airbrushing that was topped off with superb design.
Even when I was a realist illustrator in the late 70's I wanted to copy him. I loved his signature and later I found out Michael Doret helped out on Doug's design when he shared studio space with Doug and Charles White III. Michael designed the "Blippo" Type on the Manhattan Yellow Pages above.

Scans (2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9,10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 24) courtesy of the Doug Johnson Museum @ Realraum Berlin.
Thanx, Chrisse for your efforts to keep the worx of Doug Johnson alive!
Apologies for my oversight.

Jpeg of the Around the World with Ike and Tina Turner album cover courtesy of Mike Salisbury from his OneHellofaneye Blog.
BTW- Mike Salisbury was the UA Creative Director for that album.

Here is an El Fenix Mexican Restaurant with Doug Johnson's illustrated logo done up big here in Dallas, Texas.