David Blossom, Illustrator

Though born in Chicago, Illinois, Blossom lived most of his life on the East Coast. Growing up in Rye, New York, he later moved with his family to Weston, Connecticut in 1963, where he lived until his death in 1995. He was the son of Earl Blossom, a well-known illustrator who worked in the 1920s through 1950s. Early in his career, he worked as an art director at Young & Rubicam, a communications company, where he was the Art Director for the Ford Motor Company and Pan American Airways accounts. His work in illustration included covers for romance novels and popular magazines such as Outdoor Life and Reader’s Digest. Blossom is also known for creating movie posters for such Clint Eastwood westerns as The Good, The Bad, and The UglyA Fistful of Dollars, and A Few Dollars More. In its annual awards for excellence to deserving artists, the Society of Illustrators awarded the Hamilton King award to Blossom for best illustration of the year in 1973.

Below, are some of his illustrations that I own that I am looking to sell. Sorry the photography isn’t great, just shot with an iPhone. Click on an image for a larger view.

Here is a link to some more of his work: https://www.facebook.com/groups/todaysinspiration/files/

 

http://todaysinspiration.blogspot.ca/2010/02/david-blossom-illustrator-you-should.html

Outdoor Life magazine cover

Sketch for movie poster

National Geographic book

Advertisement Ford Motor Company

Book cover

National Geographic book

Advertisement Pan Am

Advertisement Pan Am
This painting won an Award of Excellence at the Society of Illustrators Annual Show in the early ’60s. 1962 or ’63, I think.

Outdoor Life magazine cover

Book cover

Book cover

Reader’s Digest condensed book, I believe

Reader’s Digest condensed book, I believe

Reader’s Digest condensed book, I believe

Outdoor Life magazine cover

Reader’s Digest condensed book, I think

Outdoor Life illustration

Reader’s Digest condensed book, I believe

Illustration of Fire Island

Book cover —”Ox, A Story of a Kid at the Top”
Framed, glass broken, artwork is fine

Book cover

Outdoor Life illustration. That’s me in the kayak

Watercolor

Reader’s Digest condensed book, “I, Benedict Arnold”

Outdoor Life magazine cover

Book cover

Book cover

Not sure where this was published. The painting is kind of 3D

Reader’s Digest condensed book, I believe

Outdoor Life magazine cover

“The Secret Tournament”
S.E. Post, 1964
The guy on the wall was our neighbor, another illustrator, Ted CoConis. The rough wall was made with scrunched-up tracing paper and Elmer’s glue.