What is illustration? What is an illustrator? Is illustration defined by media? So many questions in just on day.
Illustration isn’t straightforward and often blurs the boundaries between fine art and graphic design. a brilliant example of this would be a series of posters produced by Henri de Toulouse – Lautrec when the Moulin Rouge cabaret opened.
Alongside speech, the drawn image has played a vital role in communication and before the written language it was the only method of recording and sharing the everyday life and problems and of even telling a story.
In the modern world, where time is limited and there are increasingly more needs, illustration allows us to record, analyze and communicate life and ideas in a more direct and innovative way. Illustration is more of a complex, mental process and the goal of an illustrator is to combine personal expression with visual representation in order to communicate ideas and messages and sometimes to persuade and inform.
At this point we have talked about medias and tools used in production by an illustrator. For a photographer his main instrument and/or companion would be a camera; for an illustrator this analogy doesn’t exist. Illustrators often work across a range of disciplines, constantly experimenting with different medias and tools; still no boundaries.
In conclusion, illustration remains one of the most direct forms of visual communication and as it is constantly crossing the boundaries there is nothing traditional about it anymore. In addition, the work of an illustrator can be found anywhere around us and on almost every surface. illustration accompanies us in our everyday life either personal or professional.
In my opinion, illustration takes advantage of ever-increasing possibilities and continues to defy any categorization. Coming full circle to my thoughts, the practice of illustration and illustration itself, is anything but straightforward.