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Mom stories for youngsters - Atlanta Journal Constitution
Illustrator Diane Goode further boosts the comedy quotient of Feiffer's text with her witty watercolor illustrations. (Ages 4-7.) > Author Alyssa Satin Capucilli uses a lilting rhyme to highlight the diversity of mothers in “My Mom and Me” (Little...
Opening young eyes to the life of an illustrator - Gisborne Herald
By Jackson Payne Only two years out of university, Sarah Anderson is the illustrator of a book that is a finalist in the New Zealand Post Book Awards. The Auckland-based illustrator has been talking to Gisborne students about the pictures she drew for...
Vineyard resident talks about popular book series - Cape Cod Times
In this photo provided by Little, Brown, author and illustrator Marc Brown says he's a little bit Arthur, a little bit Arthur's dad and a little bit everyone else in Elwood City. (AP Photo/Little, Brown)AP By ROBERT GOLD Marc Brown crafted his first...
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Receives Archive of Legendary Fashion ... - Art Daily
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has been chosen to receive the archive of original drawings by one of the 20th-century's most influential fashion illustrators, Kenneth Paul Block (1924-2009). As the primary illustrator for noted women's fashion...
Books and media - Post-Bulletin
Author Patricia Bauer and illustrator David Geister will unveil their new book "B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet" at 1:30 pm May 31 at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion Street in Hastings. There will be musical entertainment and...
21st birthday celebrations begin at Barnstaple Library - North Devon Gazette & Advertiser
A range of events during anniversary week included a visit by local author, shepherd and celebrity David Kennard on this evening at 8pm and a children's workshop with Woody Fox, author and illustrator tomorrow (Tuesday) from 4-5pm....
Mulga Bill illustrator pedalled hard and maintained family tradition - The Age
By Tony Stephens KILMENY Niland, an artist of remarkable versatility, who is best remembered for prize-winning work as a children's book illustrator, died in Sydney from non-Hodgkins lymphoma, aged 58. The edition of Banjo Paterson's Mulga Bill's...
Architectural Illustration Specialist - Archinect
A position of full-time employment for an Architectural Illustration Specialist at Grimshaw in New York City. Grimshaw is seeking a talented and creative Graphics Specialist with experience in Architectural Illustration for a full-time position at our...
Bookstore hosts author and illustrator - Gulf Coast Newspapers
Page & Palette, 32 S. Section St. in Fairhope, will host author Tess Vincent and illustrator Bettylou Pierce on Saturday, from 2-4 pm They will sign their book “So…What Color Am I?” at the downtown bookstore. The book centers on a little boy of mixed...
Jim LaMarche: one of the best children's book illustrators -
Jim LaMarche is my favorite children's illustrator. His illustrations are not only beautiful and rich in light and color, but they add so much to the story that they accompany. Illustrations really set the tone for a story, and LaMarche seems to get...


An illustration by Konstantin Somov (1909).

An illustrator is a graphic artist who specializes in enhancing writing by providing a visual representation that corresponds to the content of the associated text. The illustration may be intended to clarify complicated concepts or objects that are difficult to describe textually, or the illustration may be intended for entertainment, as in greeting cards, or cover art or interior art for books and magazines, or for advertisement, as on posters.

Most contemporary illustrators make their living creating artwork for use in children's books, advertising, newspapers and magazines. Pen and ink and airbrush artists traditionally dominated this realm.

Computers dramatically changed the industry, and today computers are used to produce most of the commercial illustrations.

However, traditional illustration techniques are still popular, particularly in the field of book illustration. Watercolor, oil painting, pastels, wood engraving, linoleum cuts, and pen and ink are some of the traditional techniques also used.

There are no formal qualifications needed to become an illustrator. However, many established illustrators attended an art school or college of some sort and were trained in different painting and drawing techniques. Art Colleges and Universities now offer specific courses in illustration ( for example in the UK, a BA (Hons) Degree) so this has become a new avenue into the profession.

Many illustrators are freelance, commissioned by publishers (of newspapers, books or magazines) or advertising agencies. Most of the scientific illustrations and technical illustrations are also known as information graphics. Among the information graphics specialists are medical illustrators who illustrate human anatomy, often requiring many years of artistic and medical training.

A particularly popular medium with Illustrators on the 1950s and 1960s was casein, as was egg tempera. The immediacy and durability of these media suited Illustration's demands well. The artwork in both types of paint withstood the rigors of travel to clients and printers without damage.

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Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator 10, The last version before the Creative Suite Rebrand

Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based drawing program developed and marketed by Adobe Systems.

The latest version, Illustrator CS4, is the fourteenth generation in the product line. Numerous new features include multiple artboards in a single document, a "blob brush" that is similar to the brush in Adobe Flash, and supports transparency in gradients among other features.

Adobe Illustrator was first developed for the Apple Macintosh in 1986 (shipping in January 1987) as a commercialization of Adobe's in-house font development software and PostScript file format. Adobe Illustrator is the companion product of Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop is primarily geared toward digital photo manipulation and photorealistic styles of computer illustration, while Illustrator provides results in the typesetting and logo graphic areas of design. Early magazine ads (featured in graphic design trade magazines such as Communication Arts) referred to the product as "the Adobe Illustrator". Illustrator 88 was released in 1988 and introduced many new tools and features.

Although, during its first decade, Adobe developed Illustrator primarily for Macintosh, it sporadically supported other platforms. In the early 1990s, Adobe released versions of Illustrator for NeXT, Silicon Graphics IRIX, and Sun Solaris platforms, but they were discontinued due to poor market acceptance. The first version of Illustrator for version 2.0, was released in early 1989, but it was a flop. The next Windows version, version 4.0, was widely criticized as being too similar to Illustrator 1.1 instead of the Macintosh 3.0 version, and certainly not the equal of Windows' most popular illustration package CorelDraw. (Note that there were no versions 2.0 or 4.0 for the Macintosh - although the second release for the Mac was titled Illustrator 88 - the year of its release.) Version 4 was, however the first version of Illustrator to support editing in preview mode, which did not appear in a Macintosh version until 5.0 in 1993.

With the introduction of Illustrator 6 in 1996, Adobe made critical changes in the user interface with regards to path editing (and also to converge on the same user interface as Adobe Photoshop), and many users opted not to upgrade. Illustrator also began to support TrueType, making the "font wars" between PostScript Type 1 and TrueType largely moot. Like Photoshop, Illustrator also began supporting plug-ins, greatly and quickly extending its abilities.

With true ports of the Macintosh versions to Windows starting with version 7 in 1997, designers could finally standardize on Illustrator. Corel did port CorelDRAW 6.0 to the Macintosh in late 1996, but it was received as too little, too late. Aldus ported FreeHand to Windows but it was not the equal of Illustrator. Adobe bought Aldus in 1994 for PageMaker, and as part of the transaction it sold FreeHand to Macromedia (which was later acquired by Adobe). Clarifying difference in strengths between Photoshop and Illustrator with the rise of the Internet, Illustrator was enhanced to support Web publishing, rasterization previewing, PDF, and SVG. Version 9 included a tracing feature, similar to that within Adobe's discontinued product Streamline.

Illustrator CS2 (version 12) to reflect its integration with the Adobe Creative Suite, was available for both the Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems. It was the last version for the Mac which did not run natively on both Intel and PowerPC processors. Illustrator CS was the first version to include 3-dimensional capabilities allowing users to extrude or revolve shapes to create simple 3D objects.

Among the new features included in Illustrator CS2 were Live Trace, Live Paint, a control palette and custom workspaces. Live Trace allows for the conversion of bitmap imagery into vector art and improved upon the previous tracing abilities. Live Paint allows users more flexibility in applying color to objects, specifically those that overlap.

CS3 included interface updates to the Control Bar, the ability to align individual points, multiple Crop Areas, the Color Guide panel and the Live Color feature among others.

CS4 was released in October 2008. It features a variety of improvements to old tools along with the introduction of a few brand new tools. The ability to create Multiple Artboards is one of CS4’s main additions. The Artboards allow you to create multiple versions of a piece of work within a single document. Other tools include the Blob Brush, which allows you to make a more natural paint brush stroke (reminiscent of Microsoft paint or other non-vector drawing programs) which then becomes vectorized, and a new gradient tool that allows for more in depth manipulation of colors.

Starting with version 1.0, Adobe chose to license an image of Sandro Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" from the Bettmann Archive and use the portion containing Venus' face as Illustrator's branding image. Warnock desired a Renaissance image to evoke his vision of Postscript as a new Renaissance in publishing, and Adobe employee Luanne Seymour Cohen, who was responsible for the early marketing material, found Venus' flowing tresses a perfect vehicle for demonstrating Illustrator's strength in tracing smooth curves over bitmap source images. Over the years the rendition of this image on Illustrator's splash screen and packaging became more stylized to reflect features added in each version.

The image of Venus was replaced (albeit still accessible via easter egg) in Illustrator CS (11.0) and CS2 (12.0) by a stylized flower to conform to the Creative Suite's nature imagery. In CS3, Adobe changed the suite branding once again, to simple colored blocks with two-letter abbreviations, resembling a periodic table of elements. Illustrator was represented by the letters Ai in white against an orange background (oranges and yellows were prominent color schemes in Illustrator branding going back as far as version 4.0). The CS4 icon is almost identical, except for a slight alteration to the font and the color which is dark gray.

Adobe Illustrator CS4 is available in the following languages: Arabic (Middle Eastern version), Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, French (Canadian), German, Greek, Hebrew (Middle Eastern version), Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Spanish (Latin American), Swedish, Turkish,Indonesia, Ukrainian. Adobe Illustrator Middle Eastern language versions available from WinSoft.

The Middle Eastern/Hebrew and the Middle Eastern/Arabic versions are specifically developed for Arabic and Hebrew languages.

Illustrator Middle Eastern versions support most fonts shipped with the OS as well as a large number of third party fonts widely used by graphic designers in the Middle Eastern regions. Illustrator Middle Eastern versions install one additional font that facilitates your work in Middle Eastern languages: WinSoft Pro, which is available in four styles: Medium, Medium Italic, Bold and Bold Italic.

In Illustrator Middle Eastern versions, the notion of right-to-left behaviour applies to several objects: Story, Paragraph and Character. You can easily mix Right-to-Left and Left-to-Right Words, Paragraphs and Stories in a document.

Illustrator Middle Eastern versions come with a comprehensive dictionary for Arabic allowing you to spell check Arabic text with a choice of rules, like Strict Aleef Hamza, Strict Final Yaa, both or none. Illustrator Middle Eastern versions come with a Dictionary and Hyphenation Module for Hebrew.

You can search for and change specific occurrences of Middle Eastern text. Illustrator Middle Eastern versions include a "Ignore Accent" option. When checked, the user can search for a string of text whether it contains some accents or not.

Illustrator Middle Eastern versions include improved import and export options for RTF, Unicode, Word, Freehand, CorelDraw, PDF, SVG, PSD, EPS, EMF and DXF/DWG files including Middle Eastern text. Encodings has been added for Middle Eastern characters to facilitate text import and export, Save for Web and DXF/DWG file import.

Illustrator Middle Eastern versions come with an enhanced filter to import Macromedia Freehand Hebrew files. The Middle Eastern versions are also available for Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe InCopy, Adobe Dreamweaver and for Adobe Creative Suite (Design Standard, Design Premium, Web Premium).

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Yasu (illustrator)

Yasu (ヤス ?, born August 3, 1984) is a Japanese illustrator from Tokushima, Japan, though now lives in Tokyo. As of 2007, Yasu is a free illustrator.

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Adobe Illustrator Artwork

Adobe Illustrator Artwork (AI) is a proprietary file format developed by Adobe Systems for representing single-page vector-based drawings in either the EPS or PDF formats. The .ai filename extension is used by Adobe Illustrator.

Early versions of the AI file format are true EPS files with a restricted, compact syntax, with additional semantics represented by Illustrator-specific DSC comments that conform to DSC's Open Structuring Conventions. These files are identical to their corresponding Illustrator EPS counterparts, but with the EPS procsets (procedure sets) omitted from the file and instead externally referenced using %%Include directives.

Recent versions of the AI file format, including the PDF-based formats and recent EPS formats, are based on a native format called PGF that is unrelated to both EPS and PDF. PDF compatibility is achieved not by extending the PDF format, but by embedding a complete copy of the native PGF data within the PDF file. The same kind of “dual path” approach is also used when recent versions of Illustrator are saving EPS-compatible files.

Adobe Illustrator is not the only program that can edit .ai files.

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Thomas Kidd (illustrator)

Thomas Kidd (* 1955) is a prolific American science fiction and fantasy illustrator who lives in New Milford, Connecticut.

Kidd described himself as a "scatterbrained" child, but he had a quick talent for drawing and was able to capture nearly anything he saw accurately with paper and pencil. However, when he recognized that cameras were able to create realistic images quicker and more accurately than he could, he turned to drawing the creations of his mind. Kidd particularly credits Chesley Bonestell and Norman Rockwell as his most formative influences.

Kidd received a scholarship to Syracuse University, but dropped out after two years in the program. He moved to New York City to become a professional artist and, after a difficult start, began to see some success as an illustrator.

Since then, Kidd has illustrated two books, The Three Musketeers and The War of the Worlds, and is currently at work on a book called Gnemo: Airships, Adventure, Exploration. A collection of his art, The Tom Kidd Sketchbook, is also available. He has painted the cover artwork for numerous paperback novels published by William Morrow, Random House, Warner Books, Doubleday, St. Martin's Press and Tor Books, as well as Marvel Comics.

Kidd is also a designer; his design work has been seen in films, theme parks and figurines for many clients, including Walt Disney Feature Animation and Mayfair Games. He has exhibited work in numerous galleries, including the Delaware Art Museum and the NASA Future Art Expedition.

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