What is an illustrator?

Back in the day, illustrators were considered ink to paper. Officially, PUNCH was thought to be the first published works using illustrations;  1841 -2004. The artists’ drawings were done with black ink.  Typically, children’s books were the most popular users of illustrations. Remember Beatrix Potter? All those beautiful pictures. Her original book was done with black and white illustrations she drew herself.  Charles Dickens book would be another book with illustrations since fiction needed drawings to illuminate the story.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? An illustration is a visualization or a depiction made by an artist, such as a drawing, sketch, painting, photograph, or other kind of image of things seen, remembered or imagined, using a graphical representation. The word comes from the latin word illustra’tio, illu’stro meaning enlighten, irradiate. by wikipedia.com

The First Edition of Peter Rabbit in Black and White Illustrations.

Dan Brown talked about a different kind of enlightenment with the “Illuminati” made popular in The Da Vinci Code. Imagination and the artists talent for drawing an illustration is what its all about.

Leonardo da Vinci's Illustration
Leonardo da Vinci’s Illustration

Some artists, like Frank Bailey work with retail manufacturers to draw the new shoe design. These designs are sent to the factory to make the prototype. Detail is everything to make an exact likeness. A good illustrator has this ability.
Frank does illustrations for a lot of International dart teams, hockey, soccer, bowling and other sports teams.  If you need a logo or a design for your teams get in touch with the master of the magic pen! (shameful plug)  Actually, Frank Bailey still designs with INK TO PAPER. before providing the electronic version for his clients and customers.