Gustave Dore is the artist that inspired my third year Illsutration work the most due to the use of line as shading. Although he was a printmaker and I prefer to use my inks and pens for my illustrations. The detail in his work is really intense and I find the pieces very interesting to look at not only for subject matter but mark making too.
His full name is Paul-Gustave Dore, born January 6, 1832 in Strasbourg, France and died January 23, 1883 in Paris. He was a French prinmaker and one of the most successful boo illustrators of the late 19th century.
“In 1847 he went to Paris, and from 1848 to 1851 he produced weekly lithographic caricatures for the Journal pour Rire and several albums of lithographs (1847–54). His later fame rested on his wood-engraved book illustrations. Employing more than 40 woodcutters, he produced over 90 illustrated books. Among his finest were an edition of the Oeuvres de Rabelais (1854), Les Contes drolatiques of Balzac (1855), the large folio Bible (1866), and the Inferno of Dante (1861). He also painted many large compositions of a religious or historical character and had some success as a sculptor; his work in those media, however, lacks the spontaneous vivacity of his illustrations.”