Below are three studies I did of paintings originally created by J.C. Leyendecker. Leyendecker is in my opinion the greatest 20th century American illustrator. His style and skill is unmatched by most, and mimicked by many. What I like most is that his distinct (well mostly distinct given that his brother shared his aptitude for illustration) line work is kept even after the painting is complete. Every illustrator should be familiar with his work.