Beckhoff describes his work as having been influenced by the French illustrators Martin, Brissaud and Marty. He also cited his teachers, George Bridgman, Dean Cornwell and Harvey Dunn for their encouragement and training.
(The above transcribed from Walt Reed's wonderful book on The Illustrator in America . A must for anyone truly interested in the field. If you aren't, you should also be aware of Illustration House:
|(One of Beckhoff's tiny crowd drawings and the revision.)|
color pencil drawing. If unsatisfied with the composition, he would then cut up the drawing and move the elements around to refine the picture. Or he might add or adjust elements using tracing paper overlays. But before he jumped into creating the final illustration, the majority of the thinking work was completed. What followed was technique.
|(This guy even made golf look fun.)|