Happy Birthday Charles Dana Gibson!! Graphic illustrator Gibson was born in America in 1867. He attended the Arts Students League in Manhattan for 2 years. He sold his first pen and ink drawing to Life Magazine, beginning what was to be a weekly appearance for 30 years. His work also was shown in Harper’s Weekly, Colliers and Scribner’s. He created the Gibson Girl, a symbol of the gorgeous, independent American woman of the turn of the century. His wife Irene Langhorne and her sisters were the inspiration for the Gibson Girls. Gibson became the editor and owner of Life Magazine after the death of John Ames Mitchell.