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Illustration Styles

Cambridge Illustrators define the STYLE as being the look & feel of the illustration e.g. fantasy, photorealistic etc.

Black & White: A very distinctive look. Includes drawing with graphite, ink & charcoal, lino cuts & printmaking, pen and ink and digital. View portfolio of black and white illustrators.

Fantasy: Generally dreamy illusion styles of fantasy, science fiction and adventure for books, games, posters, mobile apps, websites film etc.. Can be executed in a variety of mediums. View portfolio of fantasy illustrators.

Figurative: Figurative art refers to any form of art that clearly represents an image from the real world and commonly refers to art that has the human figure or animal figures as its subject. View portfolio of figurative illustrators.

Flat vector: A trend for a flat style of digital illustration generally executed in Adobe Illustrator. Vector graphics are made up of lines and curves defined by mathematical objects called vectors, which describe an image according to its geometric characteristics. View portfolio of vector illustrators.

Icons: A small graphic image, either traditionally or digitally produced, that communicates an idea, function or meaning in a visual language. View portfolio of icon illustrators.

Painterly: Painterly illustration has qualities unique to the art of painting. It’s a style of painting marked by openness of form, with shapes distinguished by variations of colour rather than by outline or contour. View portfolio of painterly illustrators.

Photorealistic: The illustrator generally studies a photograph and reproduces the image as realistically as possible in another medium. View portfolio of photorealistic illustrators.

Retouching: The illustrator will digitally improve a painting, photograph, or other image by making slight additions or alterations to the original. View portfolio of retouch illustrators.

Retro: A retro look revives the styles and fashions of the past, generally nostalgic or old-fashioned, and used very often in travel and fashion illustration. View portfolio of retro illustrators.

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