According to Patrick Soper, the great thrill of being an illustrator is the stunning variety and scope of things that you are called upon to draw and paint. As an illustrator, one is asked to bring to life the vision that is in someone else’s mind. Whether it is a children’s book, an oil field brochure cover, a shipping company’s calendar, or a festival poster, the artist must listen to the client and first visualize his vision and then, using the skill of his brush with color and line for tools, render an artwork designed to catch someone’s attention.

It is not enough to be talented; your creations must be more alluring than reality. This demand forces the illustrator to come to understand the world around him as no other artist does. As Patrick says, “There is no substitute for the experience and discipline gained by drawing and painting all day, every day, what someone else tells you to draw and paint. The vast knowledge of subjects, skills with various mediums, and the wealth of experience are simply unattainable in any other way. It’s no wonder that many of our great artists started out as illustrators.”

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Undersea montage for a printing company's calendar
Austin Texas Fall Tourist Guide Watercolor painted for gallery show, The Harvest Pioneer theme editorial montage South Central Bell directory cover, Bill of Rights theme
Children's book cover, The Night Thief Children's book cover, Cendrillion - A Cajun Cinderella Watercolor of Arabian horse, Tornado for Arabian Horse world magazine Children's book cover, Cajun Folktales
Self-promotional illustration, Girl from the Sea of Cortez Magazine illustration for Review and Herald Publishing Co Gouache on mat board illustration of oilfield roughnecks Acadiana Symphony cover, Exploring New Horizons theme
Acadiana Symphony cover, Journey of Discovery theme The Arts montage magazine illustration Acrylic illustration, Arts and Entertainment for Lifestlyes Lafayette Bass fishing montage magazine illustration
Mixed media graphite, oil and watercolor, Memories Illustration for Outdoor Life Magazine, The Old Man, the Mountain and Me Montage illustration of Sioux warrior Steamboat festival poster illustration
Text book illustration for McMillan Publishing Co Dragon character from children's book
Montage illustration for Bowhunter Magazine Generic oilfield illustration for the Image Bank
Port of Iberia ink and airbrush for City Business Magazine Watercolor of California home
Children's book cover, Cajun version of The Three Pigs Inside spread children's book The Night Thief
Inside spread children’s book Cajun Folktales

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