spring 2012

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Giveawayboy

featuring the art of Bill Rogers


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On Illustrators As Artists
spring 2012
giveawayboy
"As someone mostly self-taught who later in life took art training in college my focus has always been more art than design, but I'm one of those who takes illustration seriously. Although it has been common in pockets of the art community to look down the nose at illustrators who were masters in their craft I could never sign on to that. I take seriously any hard working artist with an original vision and I include my favorite illustrators among them. I don't believe in any artist elites. Robert Bright and Miroslav Sasek win the day as far as I'm concerned. There is just as much room in my world for Trimming The Tree by George Hughes as there is for Marina by Neo Rauch, just as much room for Norman Rockwell as there is for Max Beckmann."

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Illustration is a vital role, often in pictures to convey a specific message (which may or may not originate with the artist). Thanks for some of those artists names which I looked up - some familiar, yet others didn't make it over the pond.

I remember children's books in particular, Beatrix Potter, Angela Banner/Bryan Ward, and the Ladybird Books, where illustrations were more powerful than photographs.

Best wishes with your illustrations


I can see how the illustrations you mentioned might have been the perfect complement to some documentary photographs. Though photographs and illustrations can convey simple information in a direct manner they can also verge on storytelling or be charged with the energies of great emotional states. Photos and illustrations created with a certain level of patience and care may provoke us to active exploration and contemplation.

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