Howard Brodie

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Howard Brodie was born on November 18, 1915 and went to California School of Fine Arts in Sacramento. He didn’t stay there long and he worked as a sports illustrator for the newspaper the San Francisco Chronicle. At the age of twenty-seven, he enlisted in the army as World War II broke out. With his art background and experience drawing the human figure, he worked as a war time artist for a magazine called “Yank”.

After World War II ended, Brodie continued doing War Illustrations in Vietnam, French Indochina, and Korea. In 1953 He went back to work at the San Francisco Chronicle. He also later in life became a courtroom artist and did sketches for many famous trials, even some where media was not allowed to film. Today he is almost 93 years old living in California with his wife. His son also lives nearby.

Family and early life

He went to the California School of Fine Arts in Sacramento for a short period of time. After that He enlisted in the army and served for the majority of his life, always keeping the military close to his heart.

Career outline

Started out as a sports illustrator and when World War II broke out he became a war illustrator. Later in life he became a courtroom illustrator.

Personal style

His style is sketchy and quick, because of his subject matter. The focus of his work is people in motion, either in sports, combat, or in the courtroom. He had no time to be neat. His style hindges on evoking feeling to show the viewer the emotion behind the actions and the sadness in his subjects.


Brodie was influenced by his work as a sports illustrator. He became an expert on quickly capturing a moment and emotion even with his always changing surroundings. Even after the war

Honors and awards

Because he was put in harms way many times during dangerous combat zones, Brodie was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, USAF




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