|Illustration from The Dark is Rising|
Lately I have been working more in pen & ink, sketching and doodling than in painting and Alan E. Cober is one of those artists who I've been looking to for inspiration in terms of the many possibilities open to the medium. I was introduced to him through his fantastic illustrations for Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising, but his creations extend far beyond his work for books (he also illustrated Beowulf). His unique style bridges the enforced gaps that occurred between fine art and illustration and he was an advocate for the acceptance of these new values in illustration. Much more detail can be read on him at the society of illustrators page.