Brush stroke by brush stroke, Iowa-based artist Noah Regan is bringing the Golden Age style of American illustration into the 21st Century. His work is vivid and realistic, capturing moments and feelings with heart-warming charm, which is why people liken him to the great Norman Rockwell.
However, Noah’s artwork is more than pastiche. Alongside the classic look are modern themes and settings and that’s something clients love about working with Noah. He’s able to take a concept and make it relevant and relatable as a flawless painting.
With a background in graphic design and many years of experience working in studios and agencies, Noah is a good communicator who understands the creative process. His influences include Norman Rockwell, JC Leyendecker, Haddon Sundblom, Tom Lovell and Dean Cornwell.
“My approach begins with thumbnail sketches. I keep them loose and fun. I don’t want to be constrained or steered in a certain direction with reference photos. After the thumbnail sketch is approved, I then find or create appropriate reference photos from which I make the detailed pencil sketch. Lastly, I paint the illustration. I work completely digitally on a 22-inch Wacom Cintiq,” says Noah.
With just the right amount of sentimentality and a touch of humour, Noah’s painterly style perfectly revives the Golden Age of American illustration in the modern era.
His clients include Private Eye Magazine, The Washington Post, Vermont News Guide and Jera Publishing.