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Harold Ransom Stevenson, his art and works. (Read 17312 times)
Reply #69 - Jul 31st, 2016 at 7:10pm

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American Modeler  -  July 1965

In this July 1965 issue of American Modeler is the last model aviation item that I have been able to find by Harold Stevenson.  It is sport biplane U-Control model capable of mild aerobatics and is named 'Artist's Model'.  It has been five years since his last cover illustration.  At this time Harold has established a private art school in his home.
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" In 1965, Mr. Stevenson married a fellow artist named Alma Gallanos. During the seventies, Mr. and Mrs. Stevenson instituted their "New Renaissance Atelier", from which many students have become highly successful illustrators, portraitists and fine art painters. Harold Ransom Stevenson continued to teach until his death in 1985. One of his students and protégé was Attila Hejja.  Attila later became the director of the Stevenson Academy of Fine Arts.  In addition, Attila Hejja was an official artist for NASA and the USAF.  Attila Hejja died in 2007. "


A plan for Harold's Artist's Model is at Outerzone at:

http://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=5205


 
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Reply #68 - Jul 31st, 2016 at 6:11pm

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While working with these images of Stevenson's work, I began to notice some patterns and similiarities in the material.  A few things that stand out in his work to me are:  his use of bold colors, simplicity of composition, attention to detail, and repeating elements in different and creative ways. 

To the point, while sizing this last cover, I noticed one of the lads in the center of the circle and it seemed as if I had seen him before.  So I selected a couple of subjects and arrived with the composite posted below.  To my simple mind, the young guy in the first poster in this thread and the combat participant  have more than a little resemblance.
 
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Reply #67 - Jul 31st, 2016 at 3:29pm

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American Modeler  -  May 1960

This May 1960 cover of American Modeler is the last model aviation coverr done by Harold, that I have been able to find so far.  Once again he illustrates action in the UC combat circle.  It is quite different from the one at message #29 at:
http://www.stickandtissue.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1468046845/36
The scene on this May cover is more complex and drawn from a different point of view.
 
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Reply #66 - Jul 31st, 2016 at 1:23am

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Air Progress   -   Fall 1959

For the fall 1959 issue of Air Progress, Howard paints the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk.
 
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Reply #65 - Jul 31st, 2016 at 12:37am

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American Modeler   -  March 1959

For American Modeler, Howard paints this colorful WWI dawn patrol scene.
 
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Reply #64 - Jul 30th, 2016 at 11:33pm

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American Modeler   -   January 1959

In this cover, Howard paints Albatros D-IIIs escorting Friedrichshafen G-III bombers on a night bombing mission.
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Reply #63 - Jul 30th, 2016 at 10:04pm

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Air Progress   -   Fall 1958

Harold continues to paint a few more covers for Air Progress  and American Modeler magazines.  This cover shows a HP 0/400 crew preparing for a flight.
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Reply #62 - Jul 30th, 2016 at 9:30pm

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Flying Models  -  September 1957

This is the last cover for Flying Models by Harold that we could find.  Nor are we able to find any more articles or plans  in FM by him after this date.  It shows a contestant on his way to the Nationals by hitchhiking.  Quite a different way than illustrated on the cover in message #9 at:
http://www.stickandtissue.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1468046845/16
 
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Reply #61 - Jul 30th, 2016 at 2:06am

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Flying Models   -  August 1957

The August issue of Flying Models has a unique control line model designed and drewn by Harold.  A delta winged model designed to be flown off of water or land.
 
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Reply #60 - Jul 30th, 2016 at 1:57am

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The original artwork of the July 1957 was awarded to Stuart Babcock, president of Babcock Models Inc.
 
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Reply #59 - Jul 30th, 2016 at 1:54am

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Flying Models   -   July 1957

Another cover by Howard illustrating the activity of flying ROW free flight models.
 
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Reply #58 - Jul 28th, 2016 at 9:34pm

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Flying Models   -   June 1957

Another contest scene by Harold depicting a UC carrier event.  For a second time he merges two images into the same painting.  This time a 'ghosr' aircraft carrier becomes part of the cloud background of the contest scene.
 
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Reply #57 - Jul 28th, 2016 at 9:21pm

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Flying Models  -  May 1957

In this cover, Howard returns to illustrating a mishap at a  UC speed contest.  This is similar to a cover theme in December 1951.  See image at bottom of page at:
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Reply #56 - Jul 27th, 2016 at 11:25pm

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Flying Models  -  April 1957

This cover showing the release of a jet powered F4D for flight, once again illustrates Harold's simplicity and attention to detail coupled with a striking use of bold colors.
 

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Reply #55 - Jul 26th, 2016 at 11:30pm

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The March issue also contains a model airplane drawn by Harold.  It is a sport UC biplame of 22 inches wingspan.
 
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