Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Coll, Joseph Clement

(1881-1921) Influential US illustrator whose work in pen and ink achieved a range and depth comparable to painting. He has been quoted as an inspirational source by many modern masters of fantasy Illustration. His line quality ranges from the finest subtle light to bold slashes of black shadow with a masterful use of white areas in a tightly controlled composition. His work shows a strong imaginative quality which is displayed at its best in his illustrations of exotic subjects.

JCC's early work was as a newspaper sketch artist, and he later illustrated several books and contributed work for magazines such as Collier's, Everybody's and the Associated Sunday Magazine, embellishing the work of leading authors including Arthur Conan Doyle and Sax Rohmer. [RT]

further reading: The Magic Pen of Joseph Clement Coll (1978) by Walt Reed.

Joseph Clement Coll

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