Book illustration of "The Maltese Falcon" (1966) by Bob Brooks
After graduating university, Bob Brooks took his first "job" in 1953 for the US Government… It didn't take long for the artist to realise this decision was a big no-no towards sincere creative endeavours. He put his hand in at Cooper Union School of Art in NYC while working for big-wig advert-agency, Ogilvy and Mather as the low man in the art department… the matte boy. Here is where he he learned all the principles of advertising photography, typography and layout.
Later he went on to collaborate with Norman Rockwell and take a move to head an art department in London, citing advertising there in the 1960s as boring and uninteresting…
Later work included design in commercials, where he ultimately won (23) Lion d'Or Awards at Cannes, the last one in 1990 for Schweppes Tonic Water: Subliminal Advertising with John Cleese..
Brooks also directed two feature films, "The Knowledge" (1979) and "Tattoo" (1981)... and several episodes of "Space 1999" (1976)
Gotta start somewhere.