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Leif Peng
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LP: Have a look at this… this is from Maclean’s from around 1959. KD: Ooohhh yeah! LP: And what I noticed here is that you’re painting! KD: Yeah, you know what’s funny is at that time I was being influenced by Jack Potter. You know his Coca-Cola ads? LP: Su...

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Maclean's AD to Ken Dallison: “Beware of the bears. They’re out there.”
In this fourth abridged excerpt from my interview with Ken Dallison we learn about Ken's first major editorial assignment, a multi-part series for Maclean's magazine he completed in 1957. Will Davies (the subject of our previous book) met Ken when both men ...

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The Man Who Fired Ken Dallison in 1955: “We feel your shaky line has no application to automotive work."
In this third abridged excerpt from my interview with Ken Dallison we learn about the first few years of Ken's struggles to establish himself as a professional illustrator after moving with his new bride Gwen from England to Toronto, Canada in 1955. Ken fou...

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Ken Dallison: "My god… I’m two years his senior and he’s kicked my ass."
Part 2 of an abridged excerpt from my interview from last summer with Ken Dallison. Today Ken talks about his early days working in an advertising art studio in London, England during the early 1950s. We are crowdfunding a coffee table art book of Ken's wor...

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Part 2 of an abridged excerpt from my interview from last summer with Ken Dallison. Today Ken talks about his early days working in an advertising art studio in London, England during the early 1950s. We are crowdfunding a coffee table art book of Ken's wor...

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Ken Dallison: "One day I sort of woke up and went, ‘Ken… what the friggin’ hell are you doing?' "
Last year, while doing research for our book, The Art of Will Davies , Simon and I had the great fortune of meeting legendary automotive illustrator Ken Dallison. What began as a quick visit to Ken's house to shoot a couple of Will's originals that he and h...

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Shannon Stirnweis, Part 4: Paperback Cover Art
My conversation with Shannon Stirnweis continues... ~ Leif Peng Leif Peng: I'm guessing around this time in the mid-1960s you started to do paperback covers, is that correct? Shannon Stirnweis: That came along almost from the beginning. Paperbacks were real...

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Shannon Stirnweis, Part 3:
Shannon Stirnweis and I continue our conversation about his illustration career... ~ Leif Peng Leif Peng: Around the same time you were doing work for the men's adventure magazine you were beginning your relationship with Helen Wholberg as a representative,...

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Shannon Stirnweis, Part 2: The (Men's) Adventure Begins
Continuing my conversation with Shannon Stirnweis , we begin discussing his professional career... ~ Leif Peng Leif Peng: So after the army and after art college, did you try looking for work in a commercial art studio on the West Coast? Shannon Stirnweis: ...

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Shannon Stirnweis: "I wanted to be an artist when I grew up."
Each time I think I've seen it all, learned all the important names, discovered everything there is to discover about mid-20th century illustration, up pops another remarkable talent that was completely unknown to me. In this case I found a striking visual ...
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