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The Importance Of Illustration

What Is Illustration?

When language fails, rescue comes in the form of actions (the sign language) or pictures and it is in the latter, lies our topic of interest, the illustration. The illustration is the pictorial representation of specific contents, intended to convey something to the audiences. Such an illustration, may sometimes accompany the textual messages or even replace them entirely as we all know ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’!

For example, when you read a book to your kid, he/she may not interpret the entire message legibly conveyed in meaningful texts, despite your repeated elucidations and rather, if the same has been accompanied by illustrations or called the picture messages, the matter is settled once and for all without any further clarifications from you. Thus, the illustrations aid in effective communication as they are not limited by the demerits of a language like the semantics, the geography, the script and so on.

Although illustration is an art, it is entirely different from the fine arts because an illustration is intended for specific communication purposes; its aim is to convey something to the viewership and the same is not entirely the case so with the latter. A fine art may not always mean something to you and rather just be the skilled art of an artist’s imagination. Thus, in simple words, if the drawings communicate to you something then call it the illustration!

Why Illustration?

The illustrations are used because they are so simple! Simple to convey, simple to interpret, simple to decipher and, also, simple to remember!

  • Simple to convey

Consider this important scenario in the airport, where illustration could convey the message in a very simple and yet, effective manner. The airport, being one of the busiest place, thronged by the thousands of commuters diversified by several factors of which, the language being a significant one, do you think a name board displayed ‘restroom’, of course in the second-most pursued language by the world ‘the English’, would reach every educated flyer there?

Unfortunately, every educated people need not be educated in English and it is impractical to display the name in every important language, which would rather portray it as a signboard shop than the intended ‘restroom’! Under such awkward scenarios, the illustration comes to the rescue, where the meaning gets conveyed clearly, and to the entire mass by including some simple relevant drawings! Phew! Thus, saved the airport and the people by the clarity of the simple illustration!

  • Simple to interpret

Unlike a language, you need not know the script or the semantics to interpret an illustration. Therefore, any sane person could interpret an illustration without much of an effort.

  • Simple to decipher

To interpret a textual message, you should be well-versed in that language and sometimes, with the accompanying punctuations too! Whereas, to interpret an illustration, you just need to have a sound mind, which even kids possess and therefore, they adore the illustrated story books, don’t they? 

  • Simple to remember!

Now tell me, which of these you remember? The relatively recently read, unillustrated school/college text book of yours or the illustrated story books of your childhood? For those who said the former, can you please explain the Mass-energy equivalence? (?!!)

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The Illustration, being the simple, yet, the significant form of communication, is used in several sectors, of which, the following ones are the most prominent...

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