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WHAT’S TUFF IN MY WORLD When I think about what’s “tuff” in my world, there are many things that come to mind, but for my written project, I chose the topic of illustration. I find illustration really interesting because I like to draw, and I am amazed at the many different kinds of illustration. Though many people tend to think of pencil drawing first, artists also use paint, mixed media, and computer graphics programs to create their work.
Really every illustrator has his or her own unique style, and there are several artists who intrigue me. Though I tend to be a fan of picture book artists, there are many careers in which illustration is a key component.
ILLUSTRATION TECHNIQUES One thing I find fascinating about illustration is that there are several different mediums that can be used depending on the talents and choices of the illustrator. There are several common illustration techniques used by book illustrators: collage, pen and ink, watercolor or acrylic paints, colored pencil, and pastels. Sometimes these are used alone, and sometimes together. For instance, Eric Carle, the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and many other popular children’s books, begins with plain tissue paper and paints designs on it. He then uses the painted tissue paper to create a collage for the illustration. ERIC CARLE COLLAGE TECHNIQUE
Other illustrators, like David Catrow, use combinations of colored pencil and watercolor. Shel Silverstein’s illutrations were very simple line drawings done with pen and ink.
Charles Schulz’s comic strips were drawn with black ink on white paper. “To indicate his color choices on the Sunday strips, Schulz would have a copy of the strip produced at a local print shop, then, using a color chart, he would select colors for each portion and send the syndicate a colored version along with corresponding color number IDs.” (schulzmuseum.org)
One reason I like David Catrow is because he lives in my parents’ hometown of Springfield, Ohio, and sometimes my dad and he have walked their dogs together! David Catrow has held a variety of jobs, including as an editorial cartoonist. Now, he predominantly illustrates childrens books. He also helped develop the Horton Hears a Who movie that came out in 2008. CATROW ON MOLLY LOU MELON CATROW ON MOLLY LOU MELON Eric Carle started out as a graphic designer and later became an art director for an advertising agency. The first book he illustrated was Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? After that, he decided to try writing and illustrating his own books.
USES FOR ILLUSTRATION There are a number of careers besides book illustration that require artists who are good illustrators. “Illustrators may do drawings for printed materials such as books, magazines, and other publications, or for commercial products such as textiles, packaging, wrapping paper, greeting cards, calendars, stationary, and more.”
With the increased focus on technology, illustrators are also needed for website development, digital animation, and a variety of other technical creative projects. Illustrators might also be talented in the area of design, whether it be for home interiors, product development, or fashion.
In conclusion, illustration appears in all kinds of places in our everyday lives if we are only attuned to seeing it. We are often introduced to illustrators when we are small children through picture books. Picture book authors are my favorite kind of illustrator. However, we also see the work of illustrators when we pick out a special greeting card or are interested in an advertisement. Illustrators are also responsible for creating the concepts that turn into many of the products we use. All of these are reasons that I find illustration to be such an interesting topic.
BIBLIOGRAPHY http://www.adigitaldreamer.com/articles/illustration-jobs.htm Schuman, Michael. Charles M. Schulz: Cartoonist and Creator of Peanuts. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, 2002. www.catrow.com www.eric-carle.com/slideshow_collage.html www. schulzmuseum.org