Getting Real Again by Melissa Whitaker
Digital illustration of the artist peeking over her sunglasses.

Illustration

Illustration is a visual interpretation created to help define, enhance, or translate a message to another person or entity.  There are a multitude of different styles of illustration and it is important to choose the right one for the message that you want to send.  


Besides digital I use ink, graphite, charcoal, acrylic, and oil for my artwork.  Often I use a combination of multiple mediums to create one image. The medium used is dependent upon the desired impact the image needs to achieve. While photography may be able to capture a moment in time, an illustration can create and enhance a more intense vision and expand the imagination. The value of an illustration may be more financially beneficial as well as having the ability to deliver a more impactful message.

Illustration of 8 people walking forward.

Concept Art

Concept art and illustration are separate forms of creative development. An illustration is artwork that tells a visual story. It is often used to visually enhance a written story as seen in children’s literature.  Concept art, on the other hand, is the beginning of the creation for a continuous storyline. Movies (live action and animated), music, video games, and graphic novels all use concept art to help achieve a visualization of characters and places to carry the storyline.  Before the work of story telling begins the background and characters need to be finalized.

Learn More about concept art

Take a look and read about the process and creation of this Amazing team of characters.