Sunday, December 14, 2014
Roy Frederick Carnon, born 6 July 1911, the son of Frederick Wallace Carnon (a civil servant) and his wife Gertrude Eisdell (nee Lee), grew up in Isleworth, London, and attended art school in Chiswick for a short time. He became an illustrator, working mainly for advertising agencies and was always to be found sketching in parks, or on buses and trains and always carried a small sketch-book or a pack of plain postcards in case inspiration struck.
After returning to civilian life, Carnon continued to work in advertising, as well as producing book covers. He was responsible for a number of covers for Edgar Rice Boroughs' science fiction novels published by Four Square Books in 1961-63 and illustrated Famous Fighting Aircraft for the Collins Wonder Colour Books series in 1964.
After this, he worked on many other movies, including the Bond movies, Where Eagles Dare, The Battle of Britain, Frenzy, Superman, The Dogs of War, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Reds, The Dark Crystal, Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi, Ladyhawke and Link.
(* Photographs of Roy Carnon are from the documentary 2001: A Look Behind the Future (1966), which is available in full on YouTube. Images of Carnon's 2001 artwork are from 2001archive on Flickr.)