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illustrator & singer of jazz music
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Hi Miriam, I have moved to a new blog and am going to close this one. Perhaps this tutorial on my new blog will help:
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Hi Melissa, Thanks so much for your kind words! I am so glad to hear my classes are helping you learn Illustrator! As for new classes, I am working on one now that covers the CS6 Pattern Editing Mode in depth - stay tuned! Also, when you get a chance introduce yourself in the AI student forum over at - we have a nice community of fellow artists over there. I can answer questions you may have and people are always sharing links and tips, etc. Thanks for signing up!!
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Hi Chris, My Beginning Illustrator class is compatible with CS6. Illustrator 2 however is not optimal for CS6 because of the changes to Live Trace (Image Trace in CS6) and the new pattern making functionality. Swirl Shop, Holly Shop and Ink and Paint are all compatible with CS6. Thanks for asking! I'll send an email in case you have any other questions.
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Thanks Tatiana, for letting us know. I just sent him a package and I will be thinking about him and wishing him the best!
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2012 on Anatol Kovarsky at coyleart
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When you're in the mood for nostalgia, hop over to one of my favorite sites, There just aren't enough hours to look through the thousands of amazing vintage photographs. Happy Holidays! Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2011 at coyleart
If you received this promo today and it brought you here, Welcome! I had the pleasure of working on this assignment recently for Flightglobal, for the cover of Flight International Magazine. The illustration strives to capture the meeting of Parisian... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2011 at coyleart
To make up for my lack of posts this month, I want to share a link to an Illustrator tutorial, that's not one of mine, but one I think you'll enjoy. We just wrapped up another great online Illustrator 2... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2011 at coyleart
This online archive is an inspiring resource for graphic design, photography and illustration all rolled into one. I love jazz album covers, they always seem to be a sign of the times from the golden years of jazz history, exhibiting... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at coyleart
Visit the series of drawing lessons now available every Friday at the I wrote about this in a post a few weeks ago. Since then, James McMullan has discussed ellipses and cross-hatching in his new Line By Line column.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2010 at coyleart
Visit this new column by illustrator James McMullan on The New York Times website. Each week (for 12 weeks) he will be taking us through a drawing class, a chance to get back to what he calls "the phantom skill,"... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2010 at coyleart
Hey Dori! Thanks so much! Working on another workshop right now and a class for early next year that I think you'll really like! Good to hear from you - hope all is well with you!!
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If you’re wondering about the relationship of brushstrokes in Illustrator to the stroke weight measurement you find in the Stroke Panel, I’ve created a graphic to illustrate the concept. Changing the stroke weight (in the Stroke Panel) of a path... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2010 at coyleart
Some fun I've been having in Tiffany Tillman's Photoshop BrushShop class on Renee Tiffany showed us a brush tip technique that reminded me of an Andy Warhol blotted ink line illustration. Can't wait to combine my new Photoshop brush... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2010 at coyleart
I get a lot of questions from Photoshop users who are learning Adobe Illustrator for the first time and are puzzled by the differences in how layers work in the two programs. Here's a way of looking at layers that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2010 at coyleart
I'm working on something decorative and ornate and I'm reminded of Aubrey Beardsley, one of my favorite illustrators. He was active in the late 1800's, a contemporary of Oscar Wilde's, whose books and plays Beardsley often illustrated. His work manages... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2010 at coyleart
This IS really timely and I love Nip's style, I look forward to seeing more!
Hi Tia! Thanks so much for buying the birthday plates! I wish there were invites too, but alas, just the plates and napkins. Thanks again! Laura
Toggle Commented May 7, 2010 on Target birthday plate hoopla! at coyleart
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Mar 15, 2010
Appearing in The Penn Stater this month, a Laura Coyle illustration on the editor's story of the trials and eventual rewards of knitting. I enjoyed researching for this piece, and it gave me a momentary desire to run out and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2010 at coyleart
If you received this Laura Coyle e-promo in your inbox today and it brought you here, Welcome! There are illustration samples scattered here on my blog and you can view my portfolio at or on my agent, Kiki Pollard's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2010 at coyleart
Gondola ride, a recent Laura Coyle illustration for Amex's Escape Magazine, Winter 2010. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2010 at coyleart
Here's something from days gone by, the wall phone. This is from an illustration I did for a series of Hallmark cards called "Back in the Day," and it's still a favorite. Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2010 at coyleart
Here's a link that's good for a little dream shopping. The blog of Decades, a Los Angeles shop full of beautiful vintage couture dresses and accessories. No prices, if you have to ask... Another place where you can while away... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2010 at coyleart
Posted Jan 15, 2010 at coyleart
Adam Gopnik writes about the emerging alternate story of how Van Gogh lost his infamous ear, that winter of 1888 in Arles. Turns out, he may not have cut his own ear off after all. There's an abstract on the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2010 at coyleart