How to identify a Drawing and an Illustration


Science says that visual representation is the most successful way to remember. It also is a great way to attract and keep the attention of the audience.

Drawing and illustration are two of the most popular ways to attract attention.

For professional fine art artists and digital art artists, these two are bread and butter!

A drawing and an illustration are fundamentally different.

What is a drawing?

A drawing is a visual representation of an idea or a solution. It is often two dimensional and can serve as an under-painting or an inspiration for paintings and other forms of art.

On its own, drawing is an art category of its own.

Drawings can be done on various surfaces with many different mediums. Paper, wall etc. are some of the surfaces on which drawings can be done or produced. Mediums and tools like charcoal, pencil, ball pens, color pencils, pen, and ink are used to create drawings.

A drawing is an interpretation or representation or alternate manifestation of an event, idea or a subject.  It conveys an idea or feeling or an emotion of the artist who draws.

What is an illustration?

An illustration is essentially a visual representation of something written or described in words or numbers.

Illustrations are created to visually represent any idea whether written or described. There is no abstract element to it as in a drawing.

Illustrations are created and used in books to give a recognizable face to the storyline and characters. They also convey specific, well defined and well-measured structures as in reports or blogs etc.

There are various forms of illustrations such graphs, charts, etc.

Observations –

  1. Drawings and illustrations are used to convey messages, ideas, and thought-process or visually represent empirical data or theories.
  2. Drawings mainly deal with the feelings and emotions of the artist. It has a certain degree of fantasy and abstract element.
  3. Illustrations mainly convey empirical data, theories, ideas that have a specific meaning or can be measured.
  4. They accompany textual contexts.
  5. Drawings are art! And can be standalone art type.
  6. Illustrations do not have a standalone entity.

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