July 8, 1874 – August 28, 1948
Pen and Ink artist extraordinaire with a unique style based upon wood-engraving techniques interpreted through his drawing.
As a boy Booth studied and copied illustrations from popular magazines, not realizing he was looking at engravings made from artwork, and not actual reproductions of pieces of artwork drawn in ink.
This ignorance of printing techniques from that era informed Booth's style which is packed with tonal information made through slight variations in pen line widths and their juxtaposition together to create grey areas.
In particular, Booth strived to create fields of depth using this technique, and his highly detailed artwork was popular throughout his career as a commercial artist and book and magazine illustrator.
The Little House
1922 Organ Advertisement
Children on tree lined street
Elephant Hunt - Pen and Ink by Franklin Booth
Franklin Booth pen and ink art
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