never heard of Leyendecker. these are amazing.
I read about his technique in his book. He never used photos, just live models. He sketches them in charcoal, then, as you can see from these studies, uses a grid to copy them into a bigger board, experimenting with colors and trying different props before moving on to the final painting.
God damn man!! These are incredible!! Look how alive these illustrations are. There is personality and character in these poses. Everything any artist should be striving for. Beautiful!
for me this artist is new, but after looking at those amazing paintings, he will become one of my favorites, his illustrations are so realistic