Norman Rockwell thought of him self first. For most a commercial illustratior . Today more than 38 years after his death in 1978 Norman Rockwell was a 20th century American author/ painter/illustrator. When he was just five years old other boys played with store bought ships to have naval battles . They became so popular other boys asked him to make some for them.
When he was turned down for the Navy because because they said that he was way to skinny. He was eventually accepted but when they found out who he was they allowed him to keep painting while doing his service in the navy. In his earlier work Rockwell worked from models he began to work in wilder for more exaggerated poses.