This week the PBS Off Book series gives us a glimpse in the life of illustrators by talking to some of the best in the business, people like Yuko Shimisu, Sean Murphy and Molly Crabapple, whose works have been featured in many well known publications. For those of you who are or have ever wanted to become an illustrator, this spot will inspire you. The artist go in depth as to why they do what they do, they also touch on how you become known for doing what you do.
If you are interested in connecting with a slew of talented illustrators whose mediums span everything from pencil to computer, might I suggest the amazing website Behance. It’s been an excellent source for me whenever I’m searching for inspiration with a story or need a talented freelancers for a project. Just thought I’d throw that out there.
Illustrators articulate what a photograph cannot. Using an array of techniques and styles, illustrators evoke stories and meaning in a variety of mediums, from editorial illustration in magazines and newspapers, to comics books, to activist media. And as their tasks over the years have become less informational and more expressive, their individual voice as artists becomes all the more critical and beautiful, revealing an exciting and awe-inspiring age of illustration.
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