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What marks an illustration as ‘good’

You might have noticed how effective illustrations manage to fall under a specific criteria and that is what passes them as good illustrations. The criteria focuses on boldness and individuality along with creative imagery and impactful storylines. Children’s illustration especially emphasizes on following these criteria’s since we are delivering content to a much younger audience that only needs to know what the story wants to convey. What are the factors in your opinion that can help an illustration fall under the criteria of being good, can you mention a few examples?


  • I follow examples as taught by Andrew Loomis, and the Famous Artists Course.
  • dencaldencal -
    edited January 2020
    Answering this question is like trying to nail jelly to the wall.
    So many genres of illustration .. action hero’s .. fairy tales .. workshop manuals .. medical journals ..advertising .. cartoons .. etc. So many parameters of excellence that comprise “good”.

    Along with those you mention must be perspective, proportion, colour range, variety of line and texture, composition, accuracy, focal point, light direction, light and shade, framing, depth and dimension, impact, targeting to audience, appropriate style.

    To be good it needs to be an appropriate graphical communication. To be great it needs to be memorable.

  • Could you show me an example of your work?Then we can all go from there.

  • edited May 27
    Being memorable is the best thing you can do. Trends in making illustrations change all the time, and you have to keep up. Still, you have to add something of your own to the thing you're making. All successful people have something that everyone recognizes them by.
    I use illustrations all the time, but I never managed to create my own. So instead, I buy illustrations on the Depositphotos website.
    You have to think of something when you're not talented enough to make something on your own. By buying those illustrations, I feel like I help the artists that made them. It's better than just downloading them.

  • That is a tough question, as art is very subjective. The thing that makes it memorable is the feeling you get from it. Since everyone is unique, an illustration will receive different reactions from everyone who looks at it. 
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