Vintage Illustrator : Coby Whitmore

Coby Whitmore (1913- 1988)

In my opinion Coby Whitmore is hands down one of the best painters of very sexy all american 1950's women during this "New School" illustration period. In an effort to remain fresh he explored  "unfinished" graphic shapes. Large areas  have been minimized or eliminated in favour of letting background and foreground blend together in an interesting arrangement leaving minimal hints of a scene while other illustrators were painting and filling everything in a traditional manner.

During the late 40's and well into the late 50's, hardly an issue of Ladies Home Journal and Good Housekeeping, went by without story and/or advertising art by Whitmore.

Sadly, for many of these old school legends, there are no direct sites showcasing their contributions to the world of art except for fan sites like Todays Inspiration keeping their name alive. I will be posting a part 2 of Coby's work at a later time.