М. Коберн "Коби" Уитмор / M. Coburn "Coby" Whitmore (июнь 11, 1913 - октябрь 12, 1988) - американский художник и иллюстратор, знаменитый своими обложками для Saturday Evening Post. Также работал в рекламе, а позднее стал известен еще как дизайнер гоночных машин. Уитмор вошел в "Зал славы" Общества иллюстраторов в 1978.
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Early life and career
Coby Whitmore was born in Dayton, Ohio, and attended the Dayton Art Institute. Following an apprenticeship with the "Sundblom Circle" of Chicago, Illinois, illustrator Haddon Sundblom, Whitmore joined the Charles E. Cooper Studio, on West 57th Street in New York City, in 1943.There he illustrated for leading magazines of the day, including covers for the Saturday Evening Post, and also did commercial art for advertising. He served as a mentor to Joe Bowler, who became a noted illustrator in his own right. As Bowler recalled of his days as a Cooper Studio apprentice,
“ During the day, I did what I was asked to do, cleaning palettes and brushes, matting painting, running errands. I did my own work at night, sometime all night. After being there about six months, Coby Whitmore brought in an illustration for Cosmopolitan magazine, which I matted. He saw the sample I had done the night before and asked if he could take it with him to Cosmo to show the art director. Upon his return, he told me they had bought my sample and to bill them for $1,000. Earning $35 a week at that time, it seemed like a fortune to me. Within six months my illustrations were appearing in three major magazines. Coby was my mentor in the early days of my career and we became lifelong friends. ”
Bowler joined Whitmore and Jon Whitcomb as one of the leading illustrators at Cooper, which in the 1940s and 1950s "monopolized the ladies' magazines like McCall's, Ladies Home Journal, and Good Housekeeping with postwar images of the ideal white American family centered around pretty, middle-class, female consumers living happily in new kitchens, new houses, driving new cars, living with handsome husbands, adorable children, and cute dogs".
Later life and career
Whitmore later became an instructor with the Famous Artists School, joining Norman Rockwell, Stevan Dohanos, Albert Dorne and others in what became known as the Westport School of American illustration. Additionally, Whitmore, by then living in Briarcliff Manor, New York, teamed with former World War II fighter pilot John Fitch, an imported car dealer in White Plains, New York, to design and race sports cars in the 1950s and 1960sWhitmore was living on Hilton Head Island, Beaufort, South Carolina, when he died, though his death certificate was issued in Ohio.
Coby's work influenced such comic-book artists as John Buscema, John Romita, Sr., and Phil Noto. Glen Murakami, producer of the 2000s Teen Titans animated series on Cartoon Network, cited Whitmore and fellow illustrator Bob Peak as "big influences on the loose, painterly style we have been using for the backgrounds".
Awards and honors
Whitmore was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1978.
His work was presented alongside that of several contemporaries of illustrator Al Parker in the "Re-Imagining the American Woman" section of the retrospective "Ephemeral Beauty: Al Parker and the American Women's Magazine, 1940-1960", mounted by the Norman Rockwell Museum from June 9 to October 28, 2007.