Educational Art Archives: Featuring accurate  and  Realistic Illustrations in a wide variety of art media dealing with Literature, Myth and Legend, and History... with lots of Classic Fairy Tales and Fantasy Art for the young at heart. 

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       With a background in traditional media including oil paintings, pastel paintings and colored pencil drawings, Howard David Johnson embraces leading edge digital media in the creation of his depictions of Great Literature, Folklore, Mythology, Legends, Religion, Fantasy and Heroic History... 



"The Siege of the Alamo" (c) 2004 Howard David Johnson

"The Sword of Lancelot" (c) 2006 Howard David Johnson





"A Midsummer night's Dream" (c) 2006 Howard David Johnson


"Queen Cinderella" (c) 2007 Howard David Johnson


The Johnson Educational Art Archives

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Index of Individual Illustrations


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Julius Caesar


Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt


Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra


A Midsummer Night's Dream


Achilles Triumphant


Alexander the Great


All Hallows Eve


Amazon Warriors


Aphrodite's Child


The Archangel Michael


The Archangel Raphael


Ares, god of War


Athene, goddess of Wisdom


The Beast of the Apocalypse


Briar Rose


Brigit, Gaelic goddess of Poetry


Cu Chulainn's War Chariot


Daniel in the Lion's Den


Demeter Searching for Persephone


The Coming of Brunhilde


Fairies, Goblins and Dwarfs




Fairy Land


Fairy Queen Madbh of the Sidhee


Goblin mischief in Kensington gardens


Helen and Paris


Helen of Troy


King Arthur and the Holy Grail


Joan of Arc


All Quiet on the Western Front


King Arthur and Sir Lancelot


Spartan King Leonidas


The Age of Chivalry


Kriemhilde's Revenge


Michael, The Angel of Deliverance


Midnight Faerie


Mystery, Babylon the Great


Napoleon at Waterloo


Noah's Ark


Persephone, the goddess of Spring


Queen Cinderella


Mab, the Bringer of Dreams


Raphael with Caduceus Staff


Robin Hood




Siegfried and Brunhilde


Sleeping Beauty


The Greek Heroes


The Archangel Gabriel


The Battle of Thermopylae


The Defense of Reorke's Drift


The 300 Spartans


The Dome of the Rock


The Dragon Dancer


The Dragon Slayer


The Fairy Grove (detail)


The Fairy Grove


The Fairy Ring


The Fairy Circle


The Fall of Carthage


The Flower Picker


The Funeral of Patroclas


The Grain Maiden


The Guardian Angel


The High Queen of the Fairies


The Hydra and the Golden Fleece


The Lady Guinevere


The Lady Kriemhilde


The Lioness of Palmyra


The Little People


The Magic Sword, Excalibur


The Messenger


The Mushroom Fairie


The Mythic Griffin


The Oracle


The Phantom of the Opera


The Red Fairy


The Siege of the Alamo


The Sword in the Stone


The Sword of Lancelot


The Sword of Siegfried


The Tiger Girl


The Trojan Horse


The Virgin and the Unicorn


The Watcher in the Woods


Thor and the Fire Trolls




Titania and Oberon


Queen Titania of the Fairies


Valkyrie Maiden


Waiting for Eros


Waiting for the Fairies at Sunset


Warrior Queen Boudica


Hera, Queen of the Olympians


The Lady of the Lake




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Howard David Johnson, American Illustrator & Photographer


  Johnson, (Howard) David (1954-) A United States Illustrator and Painter. His scientific and realistic approach to illustrating history, folklore and mythology brought him international acclaim after his King Arthur Illustrations were exhibited in The British Museum in 1996. Johnson has illustrated A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, The Legends of King Arthur by Sir James Knowles and The Mabinogion by Lady Charlotte Guest and many other books.

   He has done illustrations for books, magazines, games, motion pictures, television programs and computer software for The National Geographic Society, The Universities of Cambridge and Oxford in England, The University of Texas at Austin,  Adobe Photoshop, PBS television, Doubleday, Universal Studios and Paramount Studios among others. His illustrations for books like "The Blood of Heroes" and "Fairies 101" have appeared in every major bookstore in America and his works have been published in textbooks and appeared in libraries worldwide.

  Johnson was born in was born in Germany, the son of an American Career Air Force officer and College Professor and visited the great museums of Europe as a boy and fell in love with traditional art, especially the Pre-Raphaelites, whom he imitated the most. 

He attended the University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Art and began his career working as a scientific illustrator for their School of Paleontology reconstructing dinosaurs in 1974. It was under their tutelage that he developed his research methods for his scientific approach to getting the details right for his historically accurate illustrations. 

During his career, Johnson has worked in many media including Oil Paintings, Acrylics, Colored Pencils, Graphite, Chalk & Oil Pastels, Photography, Watercolors, Inks, Scratchboard, Gouache, Digital Artistry and Mixed media. As an outspoken proponent of mechanical aids to visual art his legal use of computers and other mechanical aids like photography made him a very controversial figure around the turn of the millennia. He has also experimented with many styles but is generally characterized as a Symbolist or belated Pre-Raphaelite because of his preference to paint mythical, religious, and historical subjects. Sentimentality regarding values like innocence, naturalness and beauty, as well as minute detail and bright color characterize most of his works.

He founded the Brandywine School of Illustrative Art in 1996 because many 20th century realistic artists were trained in an educational system openly hostile or dismissive to Classical realistic painting and art tradition and were only taught the tenets of Abstraction and Expressionism. At the time of this writing in 2008 he and his staff have trained more than 1,000 students in realistic art techniques in nearly every known medium from Traditional oil painting to Adobe Photoshop (TM) Software. 


"Brigit, Gaelic goddess of Poetry" (c) 2008 Howard David Johnson

"Helen of Troy" (c) 2004 Howard David Johnson


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