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Illustration Study Guide. An illustration : is a depiction (such as a drawing, painting, photograph, or other image) that is created to elucidate or dictate sensual information.

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An illustration : is a depiction (such as a drawing, painting, photograph, or other image) that is created to elucidate or dictate sensual information.

An illustrator is a narrative artist who specializes in enhancing writing by providing a visual representation that corresponds to the content of the associated text.


The main processes used for reproduction of illustrations during the 16th and 17th centuries were engraving and etching.

The most notable illustrator of this epoch was William Blake who rendered his illustrations in the medium of relief etching.


Technical illustration during the 16th and 17th centuries were is the use of illustration to visually communicate information of a technical nature.

Most of the scientific illustrations and technical illustrations are also known as information graphics.


Technical illustration in general aim "to generate expressive images that effectively convey certain information via the visual channel to the human observer”.

3-D computer software results images are more accurate and can be created in a fraction of the time and cost of traditional medical illustration.


an American illustrator of children's books & is particularly well known for surreal, unsettling illustrations.

Stephen Gammell

Frank Frazetta

Albrecht Dürer

an American fantasy and science fiction illustrator, noted style is best associated with barbaric men, nightmarish creatures.

was a German painter, engraver, printmaker, mathematician, and theorist famous for his highly detailed woodcuts.


His works enjoy a broad popular appeal in the United States for their reflection of American culture.

Norman Rockwell

Alan Lee

William Blake

an English book illustrator and movie conceptual designer, noted for working on several works by Tolkien.

was an English poet, painter, and printmaker – famous for his relief etchings inc. The Great Red Dragon.


Traditional illustration techniques include watercolor, pen and ink, airbrush art, oil painting, pastels, wood engraving, and linoleum cuts.

At the end of the 18th century, lithography allowed even better illustrations to be reproduced.


and ink, airbrush art, oil painting, pastels, wood engraving, and linoleum cuts.Breaking Home Ties” ~ Norman Rockwell


Albrecht and ink, airbrush art, oil painting, pastels, wood engraving, and linoleum cuts.Dürer ~ “the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”


and ink, airbrush art, oil painting, pastels, wood engraving, and linoleum cuts.Rivendell” ~ Alan Lee


“The Girl who stood on a Grave” and ink, airbrush art, oil painting, pastels, wood engraving, and linoleum cuts.~

Stephen Gammell


The Silver Warrior – and ink, airbrush art, oil painting, pastels, wood engraving, and linoleum cuts.FrankFrazetta


Don and ink, airbrush art, oil painting, pastels, wood engraving, and linoleum cuts.Stewart – “Shoe Horn”


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