A Brief Look: The Illustrations of Les Herman

 

 

East Coast based illustrator Les Herman is a throw back to the loose style of magazine work from the ’50s and ’60s. He shows the world as joy-filled, bright and embracing with a wonderful lightness in his compositions. Each gig poster an invitation to a party. Each editorial illustration an open door.

Herman has a deft touch with the whimsical in his construction of figures — faces built of dabs of color, smoked smudges and simple lips give shape to the population of Herman’s work.

His drawings are imperfect and rough yet he can nail a likeness or an accurate depiction of the real world when needed. No matter what he does, the artist’s hand alive on the paper.

 

'Conflicting Personalities,' illustration for the Huffington Post by Les Herman

‘Conflicting Personalities,’ illustration for the Huffington Post by Les Herman

 

'The Friends of Abe' illustration for Malibu Magazine by Les Herman

‘The Friends of Abe’ illustration for Malibu Magazine by Les Herman

 

'Connected by Dickens', Illustration for the Boston Globe by Les Herman

‘Connected by Dickens’, Illustration for the Boston Globe by Les Herman

Okkervil River gig poster by Les Herman

Okkervil River gig poster by Les Herman

 

Okkervil River gig poster by Les Herman

Okkervil River gig poster by Les Herman

 

Spoon gig poster by Les Herman

Spoon gig poster by Les Herman

 

The Orwells gig poster by Les Herman

The Orwells gig poster by Les Herman

 

For more work from Les Herman follow these handy links —

Leslie Herman Dot Com

Les Herman on Gig Posters Dot Com

 

 

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