100 Illustrators that all Illustrators should know: #8
Charles Dana Gibson (1867-1944)
Country: United States
Famous for: The Gibson Girl, LIFE, Harper’s Weekly, Scribners, Colliers
Influenced: Andrew Loomis, Alberto Vargas, Gil Elvgren, James Montgomery Flagg
Influenced by: Howard Pyle, Charles Keene, Phil May
Charles Gibson is at the forefront of masters of the medium of Pen & Ink, creating thousands of loose, but controlled ink illustrations for various publications. Gibson is most well known for creating the Gibson Girl, an iconic representation of the attractive, well-to-do, independent woman at the turn of the 20th century. The Gibson Girl became a country-wide phenomenon, and was stamped onto everything from magazines, to dishes and clothing. With the constant profit Gibson made from his creation, he became one of the most monetarily successful commercial illustrators to ever live.