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Sunday, October 22, 2006

ILLUSTRATOR?

Illustration is a dirty word, or at least was until recently. Neither truly accepted by the art establishment nor the design industry, illustration has battled on regardless. Derided as whimsical by artists and arty by designers, illustration had found itself existing in a no-man's land between the two. In education the discipline has fared no better rarely given more than just studio space, the student illustrator has learnt to bend the rules and break across borders to gain access to facilities and equipment to facilitate their work. Life as an illustrator is not for the faint-hearted and it takes massive determination to face the demands and rigors of a career choice that can feel vastly unsupported. But, against these odds, the discipline has mounted an impressive return to form; how and why?....

-the Fundamentals of Illustration