Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Rockford Illustrating Company

This is what was The Rockford Illustrating Company at 317 Market Street, in Rockford, Illinois. From the website Rockford Reminisce I learned this site was built and occupied in 1899, and the Rockford Illustrating Company went great guns for decades, churning out postcards, maps, illustrating children's books, advertisements, and anything that needed to be drawn for their extensive list of Rockford clients, and the rest of the world. That building still stands, but The Rockford Illustrating Company is gone. However, there are still many talented artists and illustrators working in Rockford. People like Jesus Correa, Jenny Mathews, Corey Hagberg, Andy Whorehall, and dozens of others. Just yesterday afternoon I left the Zombie Logic Press headquarters on The Holmes Block here in lovely Downtown Rockford and saw Corey Hagberg putting a great deal of detail work into a series of murals of classic muscle cars for the car museum that will be opening shortly.

It's my very great fortune to work with the best of the lot, Jenny Mathews. One of my favorite projects we have worked on together is Tiny Drawing Poems, where we combine my poetry with her illustrations, sometimes starting with the poem, sometimes with me writing a poem after I see one of her Tiny Drawings. We've done about twenty of these. Batphone seems to be the favorite of a lot of people. 

This is the Dowager Sturgeon from her latest project, Freshwater Mermaids of North America. I asked when I saw her scrunching up her face and examining pictures of our local species of fish in an effort to make them as accurate as possible, why she didn't just color them digitally. I guess she just likes to draw things by hand, and color them with real paint. 

1 comment:

  1. Rockford Illustrating is BACK at it again at 317 Market St. We are a traditional hand drawn illustration company. You need it? We draw it! Come visit.