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Quotes about Illustration

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I've done illustration on the side.
But other than that, comics have been my main things.
- Jaime Hernandez

What Tim does is, he calls me and sends me the script.
And then he sends me a drawing, an illustration of
his image of me as the character.
It's so great.
- Danny DeVito

On one level the sixties revolt was an impressive illustration
of Lenin's remark that the capitalist will sell you
the rope to hang him with.
- Ellen Willis

A wisely chosen illustration is almost essential to
fasten the truth upon the ordinary mind,
and no teacher can afford to neglect this part of his preparation.
- Howard Crosby

 

What is character but the determination of incident?
What is incident but the illustration of character?
- Henry James

The generic Canadian style of illustration is different
from the generic American style.
- John Kricfalusi

There have been many different artists that have been inspirational.
I suppose the question is directed to what was the
reason why I went into fantasy illustration.
- Boris Vallejo

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Beslan, where the Russian authorities stopped live
coverage of the school being stormed,
was an illustration of the progress we still have to make.
- Kate Adie

I got my diploma from Ealing College of Art,
in graphics and illustration.
- Freddie Mercury

I write the poems first, with only a few exceptions for odd reasons,
where I'm given the illustration first.
- Jack Prelutsky

He has a number of curious facts in illustration of
the power of mere goodness to protect against outrage.
- George Combe

Be able to draw an illustration as least well enough
to get your point across to another person.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Even if you can't draw, do a little doodle or rip an
illustration from a magazine -
these visuals will help bring your idea to life.
- John Emmerling

But, after all, the aim of art is to create space -
space that is not compromised by decoration or illustration,
space within which the subjects of painting can live.
- Frank Stella

I was doing illustration work, and the cartooning slowly took over.
- Max Cannon

For the sake of argument and illustration I will presume
that certain articles of ordinary diet,
however beneficial in youth, are prejudicial in advanced life,
like beans to a horse, whose common ordinary food is hay and corn.
- William Banting

At first, I see pictures of a story in my mind.
Then creating the story comes from asking questions of myself.
I guess you might call it the 'what if -
what then' approach to writing and illustration.
- Chris Van Allsburg

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?
- Dee Hock

There is no better illustration of that crisis than
the fact that the president is openly violating our
nation's laws by authorizing the NSA to engage in warrantless surveillance of U.S.
citizens.
- John Conyers

Today's tax cuts provide yet another illustration of
the Republicans' fiscally irresponsible economic policies
that ignore the needs of America's middle class,
students, and working families.
- Ellen Tauscher

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

Dreams are illustrations...
from the book your soul is writing about you.
- Marsha Norman

Passing into practical life, illustrations of this
fact are found everywhere;
the distant,
or the unseen, steadies and strengthens us against
the rapid whirl of things around us.
- Matthew Simpson

No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations.
He's got to put all his talent and feeling into them!
- Norman Rockwell

Open a 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.
- John Kricfalusi

Inflated descriptions by the pen or exaggerated illustrations by the pencil.
- Grace Darling

We may smile at these matters, but they are melancholy illustrations.
- Joseph Howe

That was in the days when everyone rode a bicycle,
and the journal had a circulation of over one hundred
and twenty-five thousand weekly,
so my verses and illustrations became known to a fairly large public.
- Joseph C. Lincoln

For me archaeology is not a source of illustrations for written texts,
but an independent source of historical information,
with no less value and importance, sometimes more importance,
that the written sources.
- Michael I. Rostovtzeff

In other words the pictures are in a kind of relationship
with each other which is touching only at points rather
than pictures being illustrations of poems or poems
extrapolations of the pictures.
- Peter Porter

I brought samples in, because I didn't have any comic book samples,
and I brought all these illustrations that I had influenced
by Norman Rockwell and a couple of the other big boys.
That's all I had, that's all I brought.
- Dan DeCarlo

To enlarge or illustrate this power and effect of love
is to set a candle in the sun.
- Robert Burton

Sometimes string figures were used to illustrate stories,
as in the case of an Eskimo example that depicts a man catching a salmon.
Sometimes they had magic or religious significance.
- Louis Leakey

French and German illustrate the misleading character
of apparent grammatical simplicity just as well.
- Edward Sapir

The fact that I have been successful merely means that
I can write and illustrate in my own way.
- Hugh Lofting

Some manufacturers illustrate their advertisements with abstract paintings.
I would only do this if I wished to conceal from the
reader what I was advertising.
- David Ogilvy

The artist does not illustrate science (but) he frequently
responds to the same interests that a scientist does.
- Lewis Mumford

Reading a novel in which all characters illustrate patience,
hard work, chastity, and delayed gratification could
be a pretty dull experience.
- Thomas Perry

I started writing books for children because I could
illustrate them myself and because,
in my innocence, I thought they'd be easier.
- Mark Haddon

Good men are the stars, the planets of the ages wherein they live,
and illustrate the times.
- Ben Jonson

The author knows just what he wants to illustrate and
how he would like it to be done.
- Louis Leakey

I think some of the best reporters are the ones who
can really illustrate the differences between societies,
at the same time trying to connect the fact that there
are a lot of shared values in addition to those differences.
- John Pomfret

Interesting phenomena occur when two or more rhythmic patterns are combined,
and these phenomena illustrate very aptly the enrichment
of information that occurs when one description is combined with another.
- Gregory Bateson

To illustrate what I mean, an apt dancer may be in
thorough unison with the others in that particular group,
and at the same time reveal a difference in dancing temperament,
rhythm or technique; she may phrase,
accentuate or actually interpret differently.
- Florenz Ziegfeld

People accuse me of being Methody, but I'm not at all.
The one thing I don't want people to see is me.
I don't want them to be able to recognize my faults
and failures and qualities,
and I won't use those things to spark off emotions or to illustrate.
- Kristin Scott Thomas

To illustrate to the Indians the advantages the white
race had in the telephone I divided a body of warriors
from Sitting Bull's camp into two parties and had them
talk to each other over the telephone line.
- Nelson A. Miles

Kafka truly illustrates the way the environment oppresses the individual.
He shows how the unconscious controls our lives.
- Manuel Puig

The basic quality that any great story must have is
a story that illustrates the human condition.
- William Shatner

The Holocaust illustrates the consequences of prejudice,
racism and stereotyping on a society.
It forces us to examine the responsibilities of citizenship
and confront the powerful ramifications of indifference and inaction.
- Tim Holden

It's become another dimension to who I am.
I don't think Sports Illustrated is going to be wanting me.
But who cares? I'm at a different place in my life.
- Cindy Crawford

The capacity of the female mind for studies of the
highest order cannot be doubted,
having been sufficiently illustrated by its works of genius,
of erudition, and of science.
- James Madison

I always wanted to write something illustrated,
and the Details strip finally gave me the opportunity.
- Rick Moody

Life magazine ran a page featuring me and three other
girls that was clearly the precursor of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues.
- Esther Williams

For a while I was on the cover of every Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue,
which was regarded as the pinnacle of success in America.
- Elle Macpherson

Learning should be a joy and full of excitement.
It is life's greatest adventure; it is an illustrated
excursion into the minds of the noble and the learned.
- Taylor Caldwell

It was actually a very nice little book done by a gift book company.
They illustrated it with pictures from 1920s football,
before there were face guards.
- Gregg Easterbrook

Internationalism, illustrated by the Bolshevik and
by the men to whom all countries are alike provided
they can make money out of them,
is to me repulsive.
- Henry Cabot Lodge

That difficult place to put your finger on about the world -
it needs to be illustrated.
- Elisabeth Rohm

The Nixon years were trying.
They honed my judgment for everything I did later on.
The experience also illustrated for me the importance
of training young lawyers properly.
- Fred F. Fielding

The Bible illustrated by Dore occupied many of my hours -
and I think probably gave me many nightmares.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

There is a broad cultural current that conveys the
idea that a film is like a football team,
it represents a nation, it is illustrated literature,
filmed radio.
These are outdated concepts, totally out of touch with today's realities.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

The thing that makes me happiest about Simpsons Illustrated
are all the drawings that we get from readers.
I wish we could print them all.
They're really imaginative.
They show a lot of hard work.
- Matt Groening

The main thing is healthy eating, exercise,
which I do for special events, like if it's Sports Illustrated,
or the swim suit catalogue for Victoria's Secret,
or my own calendar that I did for the year 2000.
- Heidi Klum

Egypt, the Egypt of antiquity, at a later time,
exercised a mysterious fascination over me.
I recognized a picture of it immediately,
without hesitation and astonishment,
in an illustrated magazine.
- Pierre Loti

Between Scott on the earlier side and Dickens and Thackeray on the other,
there was an immense production of novels,
illustrated by not a few names which should rank high in the second class,
while some would promote more than one of them to the first.
- George Saintsbury

I saw no African people in the printed and illustrated Sunday school lessons.
I began to suspect at this early age that someone had
distorted the image of my people.
My long search for the true history of African people the world over began.
- John Henrik Clarke

The modern artist is working with space and time,
and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.
- Jackson Pollock

There is too much illustrating of the news these days.
I look at many editorial cartoons and I don't know
what the cartoonists are saying or how they feel about a certain issue.
- Paul Conrad

If a theme or idea is too near the surface,
the novel becomes simply a tract illustrating an idea.
- Elizabeth Bowen

I make no claim to be an authority on writing or illustrating for children.
- Hugh Lofting

This preparatory sort of idealism is the one that,
as I just suggested, Berkeley made prominent,
and, after a fashion familiar.
I must state it in my own way, although one in vain
seeks to attain novelty in illustrating so frequently described a view.
- Josiah Royce


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