David Wright’s Carol Day (2735)

Posted on May 19, 2010


It’s an UNIQUE ORIGINAL CAROL DAY strip by a great master of illustration, the brilliant but under-rated pen and ink master DAVID WRIGHT.

The strip Carol Day ran for over 10 years from 1956 to 1967, in the London newspaper The Daily Mail and garnered a fanatical following, appearing in 22 countries.

The ‘Carol Day’ strip was about a cool and elegant fashion model.

David Wright’s drawing had the relaxed, intuitive grasp of body language of a Raymond or Drake, but he used his brush and pen in the painterly style of much earlier illustrators such as Charles Dana Gibson and James Montgomery Flagg. Wright barely pencilled his strips, merely drawing enough so that he could see where the figures and setting should go. Once that was established, he swept in with great swathes of black brush strokes, delineating features, forms and shadows. Finally he would add layer upon layer of dense pen strokes, oppressively dark cross-hatching for the backgrounds and delicate, sketchy explorative lines for faces, folds and foliage. He avoided outlines if he possibly could, preferring to play tones and surfaces off each other in an energetic collision of shadow, texture and light (Courtesy: ComicStripFan.Com).

Magnificent & detailed Pen & Ink Artwork.

The strip size (image): 17 x 5 inches (43cm x 12cm) . The strip with border: 19 x 7 inches (49cm x 19cm).

The strip is from 1960 & is numbered 2735.

The grey background behind Carol Day in the image above is Zip-A-Tone. A screentone that saves an artist’s time by allowing quick application of textures to line art where a hand-shaded area would not be reproduced in a timely or acceptable manner. Zip-A-Tone is now defunct.

Image above is just an example when board is mounted and framed.

Clean board.

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