What is an illustrator?

Back in the day, illustrators were considered ink to paper. Officially, PUNCH was thought to be the first published works using illustrations;  1841 -2004. The artists’ drawings were done with black ink.  Typically, children’s books were the most popular users of illustrations. Remember Beatrix Potter? All those beautiful pictures. Her original book was done with black and white illustrations she drew herself.  Charles Dickens book would be another book with illustrations since fiction needed drawings to illuminate the story.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? 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. The word comes from the latin word illustra’tio, illu’stro meaning enlighten, irradiate. by wikipedia.com

The First Edition of Peter Rabbit in Black and White Illustrations.

Dan Brown talked about a different kind of enlightenment with the “Illuminati” made popular in The Da Vinci Code. Imagination and the artists talent for drawing an illustration is what its all about.

Leonardo da Vinci's Illustration
Leonardo da Vinci’s Illustration

Some artists, like Frank Bailey work with retail manufacturers to draw the new shoe design. These designs are sent to the factory to make the prototype. Detail is everything to make an exact likeness. A good illustrator has this ability.
Frank does illustrations for a lot of International dart teams, hockey, soccer, bowling and other sports teams.  If you need a logo or a design for your teams get in touch with the master of the magic pen! (shameful plug)  Actually, Frank Bailey still designs with INK TO PAPER. before providing the electronic version for his clients and customers.


Roll Out The Red Carpet.

2012MMA-2Another year, another award. Does it ever end? For the second year in a row, Frank has been honoured with the prestigious Student Of The Year at the Port Credit Martial Arts School in 2012. This comes as a pleasant surprise. Frank said “I shouldn’t get it next year. There must be a law for that.” His dedication and love of the sport must shine through. And, a good ol’bloke to boot! Congratulations Frank, you deserve it!

Warming up the Presses!

Frank has been contributing his talents to a hockey colouring book –for kids. The soccer colouring book is also in the works. Your favorite sports team members are featured in these publications. I can’t wait! Random House is warming up the presses as we speak. This November 2012, you will be a be to purchase these colouring books in time for Christmas. We will let you know where to get them as soon as they are out.

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A sneak peak will be coming shortly.
Tune in for a fun filled adventure.

Marishs Boulangerie CAFE Poster

Frank Bailey GraphicsLast Week Frank completed a poster for Marishs Boulangerie Cafe. A new addition to their home style bakery are candy apples. The secret is that each candy apple is dipped in caramel and coated with chocolate, nuts, white chocolate, sprinkles and more with various designs. The “mini” granny smith green apple is a crowd pleaser. A regular size apple, with less calories and the same great taste. Marishs still makes the jumbo candy apples to order. www.marishsboulangerie.com

The Bite Before Christmas

logoNOV. 2009
One day in a coffee shop Frank, Dan and Jeff were talking about having a turkey drive for the families that would not have a Christmas Turkey Dinner.  Frank coined the phrase “Twas The Bite Before Christmas”  and the wheels were in motion. Posters went up. The website was launched and the Mayor of Mississauga came to sing her praises. Each year it was a big success. With Dan Meadowcroft at the helm, a well oiled Turkey Drive and dinner  has  graced us every December. This is Frank’s  logo for the Bite Before Christmas.
Frank is actively involved  in this project each year,  to raise funds for the Mississauga Food Bank along with the Port Credit BIA members and other sponsors.