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Illustration Mediums

Cambridge Illustrators define the MEDIUM as being the materials used for creating the illustration e.g. pencil crayon, digital etc.

3D/CGI Rendering: The term CGI (Computer-generated imagery) is most commonly used to refer to 3D computer graphics used for creating scenes or special effects in films and television. Other applications include creating products, proposed architectural buildings etc. View portfolio of 3D illustrators.

Paint: Includes acrylic, oils, inks etc. and defines as a coloured substance which is spread over a surface and dries to leave a thin decorative coating. View portfolio of painterly illustrators.

Digital: Digital illustration is a method of creating an illustration digitally by using drawing and painting programs on a computer. View portfolio of digital illustrators.

Line Drawing: Line drawing consists of distinct straight and curved lines without gradations in shade (darkness) or hue (colour) to represent two-dimensional or three-dimensional objects. View portfolio of line drawing illustrators.

Pen & Ink: An illustration technique favoured for its simplicity of use, drying time and visual impact. Can be created using a brush, pen or quill and filled with colour. View portfolio of pen and ink illustrators.

Pencil Crayon: One of the oldest illustration tools and still used very often by illustrators for the exceptional colour range and subtle effects of built-up colour. View portfolio of pencil crayon illustrators.

Watercolour/Gouache: Watercolour is artists’ pigment made with a water-soluble binder and thinned with water rather than oil, giving a transparent colour. Gouache paint is similar to watercolour but modified by the addition of an inert material to make it opaque. Gouache particles are larger and the ratio of pigment to water is much higher which makes gouache heavier, with greater reflective qualities. View portfolio of watercolour and gouache illustrators.

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