François Edouard Zier was a French illustrator and painter. He learned the finer points of the drawing profession from his father, a religious painter. He debuted at the Salon of Fine Arts in 1874. He illustrated the works of Rostand, Zola and Dumas, and contributed to magazines like Le Rire, Assiette au Beurre, Le Courier Français, L'Illustration, Le Monde Illustré, Journal de la Jeunesse and Le Tour du Monde Journal de Voyages. He also worked for the picture story prints of Imagerie Quantin in Paris, and he illustrated two stories with 'Bécassine', when original artist Pinchon was in the army during World War I.