Illustration explained.

My old shoes. Photo illustration by Gary Whitley
My old shoes

“Illustrators are word people who happen to draw. We work with one foot in a book, the other stuck in a paint pot. Our shoes are a disgrace.”

—Wallace Tripp

Illustration is art. An illustrator is an artist but not all artists are illustrators. Technically, an illustrator specializes in enhancing writing or illuminating concepts by providing a visual image that corresponds to the content of the related text or idea. Illustrations are used in advertisements, greeting cards, posters, books, storyboards, manuals, architectural rendering, business, magazines, shirts, video games, newspapers and billboards.

But in a blog post on Illustration Art there is another well stated opinion I share:

“In my view, there is no inherent difference between art and illustration except the way in which payment to the artist is processed.”

Why did I turn to illustration? I like to get paid. Those art supplies can get expensive! And I need some new shoes…


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