Here is the finished illustration as reproduced in the magazine after foliage in foreground was painted.


The reproduction above shows the final illustration as it was delivered to Mr. Gordon and accepted for publication, with only a few minor revisions. Getting out my old machete and chopping down some of the foliage took care of most of them!






Norman Saunders, who wrote the foregoing article on how he goes about the business of creating an illustration for a magazine, has had a long and successful career as artist and illustrator. As an art student in the middle twenties, his work came under this writer's supervision, who also had the pleasure of arranging for his first interview with the Fawcett Publications after his graduation. He came to Minneapolis from Roseau, Minnesota, to take his first art position as illustrator for the Fawcett Modern Mechanics magazine. In the middle thirties, Fawcett Publications moved to New York and Saunders also went to New York to open a free-lance studio, doing cover designs for magazines and, later, for little pocket books.

The second World War interrupted his art activities briefly, when he was sent to China with the army engineers, supervising coolies who were laying gasoline pipe lines for the army. Saunders had his water colors with him and made hundreds of sketches of the people and the country. He returned with a bulging portfolio of beautiful water colors made in China and Tibet. Some of these were used with magazine articles and we reproduced some in this magazine. We also reproduced some of these with his article, "Painting on the Spot," in our textbook on Landscape Painting in Water Color, which is part of our painting course.

Saunders exhibits his paintings regularly in New York and keeps busy doing illustrations and cover designs for magazines. Over thirty years have passed since he took that first art position in Minneapolis and his star has risen steadily ever since. There is a good reason for this. He worked very hard at being an artist when he was an art student and he is still working very hard at it today.

­ Editor, Walter J. Wilwerding, October, 1959