Though at times looked down upon as lesser artists, today’s illustrators can access discourses and engage with audiences in ways that are both subversive and imaginative, immediate and intimate.
And even in an era of Instagram and smartphone cameras, illustration can sometimes better articulate truths in ways that the literalism of photography, cannot.
Part of that comes from the enormous ability of illustration to tell stories, unbounded from the merely ‘real’ – whether we’re talking about editorial imagery for magazines and newspapers, to bringing to life comics and graphic novels, to driving activism with counterculture visuals.
Today, as its role continues to shift beyond the merely ‘informational’, illustration is morphing into ever more critical and beautiful forms, worthy of both respect and celebration.
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