Tom Sgouros at RISD, introduced me to Weaver's work back in the day. He was all about observation, raw drawing and spontaneous painting - no tricks or gimmicks. What you got from Weaver was plain and simple, solid drawing + outstanding design.For T. S.Robert Weaverillustrator + teacher1924 - 1994
Weaver's Spring Training Sketchbook,
New York Yankees Training camp, Fort Lauderdale Florida 1962
for a Sports Illustrated assignment 62'
He was considered a pioneer of a contemporary approach to the field that began in the 1950s. Beginning in 1952, he embarked on a mission to combine the visual ideas found in fine art with the responsibility of journalist.
By the mid-fifties, Weaver arrived in New York armed only with a modicum of confidence and a battered book filled with color mural sketches. He dropped them off at Town & Country Magazine. The publication's art director, Tony Mazzola, was intrigued by his work and hired him to illustrate several manuscripts scheduled to appear in subsequent issues of the magazine. Weaver, working primarily for male audiences in magazines like Sports Illustrated and Esquire. The art directors at the latter publications were busy creating new opportunities for a new kind of periodical illustration. Weaver exemplified the new approach. His work took the form of visual journalism. Weaver rejected the flat, clean execution of fiction illustration for a more aggressive and craftsmanly style. He also rejected the glamorous, rose-colored aesthetic of magazine illustration of the time by covering real subject matter. While the old guard kept painting fictitious scenes of attractive people to serve as eye candy, Weaver was engaged in an emerging style of reportage. “The New Journalism” was emerging as a trend that blended reportorial work and literature by approaching real issues with a subjective eye. Writers like Hunter Thompson, Norman Mailer and Tom Wolff were inserting themselves into the stories they reported, blurring the line between news and novel.
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Here's a 2 beauties from a series of drawings he did of JFK on the campaign trial 1958