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Norman Percevel Rockwell was born on Feb 3 1894 in New York New York As a boy he grew fond of the country where he moved to a few years after he was born and stayed away from the city as much as he could which would later be shown in his works Buechner Retrospective 24 When he was 14 he had to commute to New York City twice a week to attend the Chase School of Fine and Applied Art After awhile he dropped out of his sophomore year of high school and became a full time student at The National Academy School Buechner Artist 38 He illustrated his first Saturday Evening Post cover on May 20 1916 which was his first big break Norman Rockwell says If one wants to paint covers for the Post one must begin by accepting certain limitations The cover must please a vast number no matter how by amusing edifying praising but it must please it must not require an explanation or caption to be understood it must have an instantaneous impact people wont bother to puzzle out a covers meaning The Norman Rockwell Album 29 More people have seen Rockwells work mostly on the covers on the widely circulated Saturday Evening Post more than all of Michelangelos Rembrandts and Picassos put together estimated by Life magazine Walton 7 Rockwell creates his pictures in separate stages First he makes a loose rough draft of his idea Second he gathers costumes props and models Rockwells models are usually his friends because he knows them and likes them Walton 16 Later on in Rockwells lifetime he would stray away from using real models he would use photographs to do this step instead He would take either sketches or pictures and then paint them onto canvas Next he draws individual parts of the picture Fourth he would sketch the whole drawing in great detail Fifth he would put color into his
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