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Andy Warhol the American painter printmaker illustrator and film maker was born in Pittsburgh on August 6 1928 shortly afterwards settling in New York The only son of immigrant Czech parents Andy finished high school and went on to the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh graduating in 1949 with hopes of becoming an art teacher in the public schools While in Pittsburgh he worked for a department store arranging window displays and often was asked to simply look for ideas in fashion magazines While recognizing the job as a waste of time he recalls later that the fashion magazines gave me a sense of style and other career opportunities Upon graduating Warhol moved to New York and began his artistic career as a commercial artist and illustrator for magazines and newspapers Although extremely shy and clad in old jeans and sneakers Warhol attempted to intermingle with anyone at all who might be able to assist him in the art world His portfolio secure in a brown paper bag Warhol introduced himself and showed his work to anyone that could help him out Eventually he got a job with Glamour magazine doing illustrations for an article called Success is a Job in New York along with doing a spread showing womens shoes Proving his reliability and skills he acquired other such jobs illustrating adds for Harpers Bazaar Millers Shoes contributing to other large corporate image-building campaigns doing designs for the Upjohn Company the National Broadcasting Company and others In these early drawings Warhol used a device that would prove beneficial throughout his commercial art period of the 1950s-a tentative blotted ink line produced by a simple monotype process First he drew in black ink on glazed nonabsorbent paper Then he would press the design against an absorbent sheet As droplets of ink spread gaps in the line filled in-or didnt in which case they created a look of spontaneity Warhol mastered thighs method and
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