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Illustration which looks WOW..!!

Updated: Jul 25

An illustration is a decoration, interpretation or visual explanation of a text, concept or process, designed for integration in published media, such as posters, flyers, magazines, books, teaching materials, animations, video games and films. An illustration is typically created by an illustrator. Illustration also means providing an example; either in writing or in picture form.

Digital Illustration Types

Freehand digital illustrations allow for smooth lines, light, shadow and complex backgrounds. Digital illustrations are typically hand drawn using a Wacom tablet and Adobe Photoshop. For vector illustrations, Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard. Here are the illustration styles.


Anime is a style of artwork origination in Japan. An anime artist will use colourful images, diverse art styles, wild hair and exaggerated visual effects. An anime comic book is called manga. Anime is based on video games and manga.


A caricature is created by an illustrator, often referred to as a cartoonist or caricature artist. The features of the subject are normally simplified or exaggerated and feature a large, oversized head.


Someone who creates cartoons is normally referred to as an illustrator and can often be confused with a cartoonist who primarily draw caricatures. Cartoons are simple drawings and are popular styles for children's books and picture books.

Picture Books

Children's books are a great way to bring ideas to life with pictures. Some children's books consist of nothing but pictures. The visual images help children learn and understand the words of the story. Picture books are an important part of learning how to read, developing language and vocabulary skills.


A comic book is made up of individual scenes (panels) of comic art. Panels are designed with a brief narrative and the dialogue is normally contained in speech balloons. Comics can be funny, dark or even weird. Many show captions so readers know what a character is saying or thinking.

Commercial Art

Commercial art is used for advertising products, services and ideas. The primary goal is to drive sales and awareness. Artists design commercial art for logos, packaging, billboards and magazines. An illustrator will design the images for mass-production to help sell products and raise visibility.

Concept Art

Concept artists create original characters for advertising, video games and movies. They build worlds that are used to inspire the development of broadcast media and promotional material. Concept artists create preliminary artwork, graphic design and marketing material.


Fantasy art is primarily used in fantasy books, posters and movies. Fantasy art can portray gods, dragons, demons and magic.


Fashion illustration is drawing clothes and accessories for commercial use in the fashion industry. It is mainly used by fashion designers to preview and visualize their ideas.

Fine art

Fine art is primarily created to express yourself rather than for commercial or practical purposes. Fine art involves creative expression and it may not have broad appeal or traditional beauty. It might convey an idea or an emotion.

Line art

Line art is typically a black and white drawing with little or no solid areas, colour or background. Line art can be used by itself or in combination with other coloured images.


Realism is realistic artwork that accurately depicts characters, perspectives and detail. Professional illustrators often paint realistic portraits on canvas. This is the most complex style of illustration and can take weeks or months to complete.

How important is illustration in our life

Illustrations help bridge cultural gaps. To convey an idea in writing, we need to create multiple versions of our text according to the different languages of our readers. When we use illustration, we can convey the same idea to people who don't share a common language. For young children, illustrated books open the door to understanding story. Illustrations provide young readers with an immediate vision of the characters, setting, and mood of the story. Children instantly respond to characters from their visual appeal. We all know and love many picture book characters from their image alone.

Difference between Drawing & Illustration

Drawing is an art or technique of representing an object or outlining a figure, plan or sketch by means of lines. An illustration is a picture or image that is used to clarify or decorate a text. Illustrations can include various forms of visual representations including drawings. The main difference between drawing and illustration is that drawing is a form of self-expression whereas illustration is a professional work which has a commercial value. In addition, drawings can stand alone as art whereas illustrations always accompany text.





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