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A fashion illustration

An illustration is a visualization or a depiction made by an artist, such as a drawing, sketch, painting, photograph, or other kind of image of things seen, remembered or imagined, using a graphical representation.

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A - F

Arthur Laffer is best known for the Laffer curve. Described as an illustration of the theory that there exists some tax rate between 0% and 100% that will result in maximum tax revenue.
Botticelli would have made a very good fashion photographer. He did eight heads instead of seven heads in a body, which is fashion illustration. - David Bailey.
Ambrose Bierce.
Laocoon: A famous piece of antique scripture representing a priest of that name and his two sons in the folds of two enormous serpents... - Ambrose Bierce.
Science has taught us, against all intuition, that apparently solid things like crystals and rocks are really almost entirely composed of empty space. And the familiar illustration is the nucleus of an atom is a fly in the middle of a sports stadium, and the next atom is in the next sports stadium. - Richard Dawkins.
Even if you can't draw, do a little w:Doodledoodle or rip an illustration from a magazine - these visuals will help bring your idea to life. - John Emmerling
  • Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence; not conforming to standards of thought, speech and action derived by the conformants from study of themselves; at odds with the majority; in short, unusual. It is noteworthy that persons are pronounced mad by officials destitute of evidence that themselves are sane. For illustration, this present (and illustrious) lexicographer is no firmer in the faith of his own sanity than is any inmate of any madhouse in the land; yet for aught he knows to the contrary, instead of the lofty occupation that seems to him to be engaging his powers he may really be beating his hands against the window bars of an asylum and declaring himself Noah Webster, to the innocent delight of many thoughtless spectators.
  • It was a great day for illustration when, in 1999, Quentin Blake became the first children's laureate. Illustrator of about 300 books and former head of illustration at the Royal College of Art, he was able to focus attention on an art form that seldom gets the celebration it deserves.
    • Joanna Carey in "Dances with frogs".

G - L

  • The aim of illustration is to generate expressive images that effectively convey certain information via the visual channel to the human observer. Additionally, illustrators and visual artists in general create images that follow principles of visual harmony such as color combinations, scene composition, contrast, dynamics or other aesthetical aspects.
    • Ivan Viola and Meister E. Gröller in: "Smart Visibility in Visualization: Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization and Imaging".
  • Illustration techniques such as cut-aways or exploded views are realized in scientific visualization through Smart Visibility Techniques...Expressive visualizations inspired by illustration techniques are useful for various visualization tasks.
    • Ivan Viola and Meister E. Gröller in: "Smart Visibility in Visualization: Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization and Imaging".
  • An illustration I use to get people to understand it is this: I'll ask major corporate audiences: Why don't you just take all your traditional beliefs about organizations, and apply them to the neurons in your brain?
Here is the amazing thing about Easter; the Resurrection Sunday for Christians is this, that Christ in the dying moments on the cross gives us the greatest illustration of forgiveness possible. - T. D. Jakes.
  • Illustration from the late-1900s up through the middle of the 20th century was absolutely amazing. In general, American culture was at its highest skill wise in every aspect of human life in the 1940s. It’s all been downhill since then. You just open an old magazine from the 1930s and ’40s and look at the illustrations in it. There’s nobody alive that could touch the way they could draw back then.
  • The main thing missing from cartoons is today that old cartoons were cartoony. They did things you can't do in any other medium. Today's cartoons are very conservative and are more like live action. The characters look the same in every frame of the damn cartoon. The old cartoons squashed, stretched, and did crazy expressions. They were imaginative and crazy. A lot of cartoons aren't imaginative, they just say things. It might as well be radio. There is no point in having anything to look at in modern cartoons. But you can't say that about every cartoon. Genndy Tartakovsky's cartoons are beautiful. The closest thing now to what I'm saying is SpongeBob but even that doesn't go very far. It's like a conservative version of Ren & Stimpy.

M - R

Grand Canyon poster (1938) - The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself. The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their powers in attempting to portray its features. Language and illustration combined must fail. - John Wesley Powell. - Norman Rockwell.
No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations. He's got to put all his talent and feeling into them! -

S - Z

Be able to draw an illustration as least well enough to get your point across to another person. - Marilyn vos Savant.
My favourite books series as a young child was the Frank L. Baum 'Wizard of Oz' series. They were beautifully written, oversized fat books with wonderful type and illustrations. - Anita Shreve.
  • A good illustrator may draw from models but knows how to forget them.
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