I sometimes think that my lack of formal training has been a real benefit to me in my career as an illustrator. Sure it would have been nice to sit around drawing for 3 years, mingle with like-minded doodlers and emerge with a ready made portfolio, but I think the fact that I started from scratch taught me a valuable lesson...
I have always been intrigued by the blurred line between art and illustration. It is curious that an illustration lifted from a feature in a magazine can become art once put on the wall in a frame. It also interests me how sometimes even the simplest of images can be interpreted in different ways by different people when out of the illustration context.
I was recently asked for my views on "How illustration can communicate a complex message?", my thoughts to which are illustration can massively communicate big intelligent messages and narrative and present them with veracity. There must be a hundred examples of why illustration over photography can communicate complex messages better than the use of the camera...which is a long standing argument.
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