Dedini Line Art

Recently on a trip to library, I noticed among the new non-fiction a book entitled “On Cloud Nine” by Robert Wendover and Terrence Gargiulo. It looks to be about working with older/younger people in the workplace blah blah blah, and it has some good reviews over at Amazon, but the reason I checked it out are the illustrations are by Playboy’s Eldon Dedini.

What’s interesting is how different the illustrations are from the Dedini I’m used to. Sure, a book on office generational challenges probably isn’t gonna have a lot of nymph related material, but it’s very simple line art:


Here’s another:


Honestly, unless I’d seen Dedini’s signature, I dunno I’d have ever thought this work to be his.

Here’s a little of what I’m more used to (from 1961’s “The Dedini Gallery”:


Sure there’s a naked chick in it, but the line is so different!

I gotta wonder what the deal is…

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4 thoughts on “Dedini Line Art”

  1. Wow. This is great stuff. You're right, you can still tell it's Dedini, but it's a simpler take on his lush style.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Mark, did you see the section in Dedini's Gallery where he did paintings of celebrities in the style of various earlier artists? I particularly liked his take on how Paul Klee would have portrayed the Kennedys. He did a lot of pro bono work for locals in his area using various styles. He told me he was never a part of the New Yorker or Playboy crowd, just a small town cartoonist from California.

  3. I think that's one of those things you never quite get used to — seeing someone you admire and their perception of themselves.

    I saw the Johnny Carson Tonight Show live once and it always stuck with me how normal a guy he seemed before the show and during commercials.

  4. My husband found a piece by Dedini called “Say, who’s minding the Monastery?”

    I can not find any info or another picture of it anywhere.
    Can anyone help me?

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