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The term "illustrator" refers to an artist who specialises in improving writing or clarifying ideas via the creation of a visual representation that matches to the substance of the accompanying text or notion. Pictures in children's books are often used to explain complex ideas or things that are difficult to express verbally. This is one of the reasons why illustrations are frequently seen in children's books.[1]

Illustration is the skill of creating pictures that work with something and contribute to it without requiring direct attention or detracting from the subject matter of the image they represent. The other item is the centre of attention, and the illustration's job is to give individuality and character to the piece without competing with the other thing for attention.[2]

A wide range of applications for illustrations may be found in advertising, architectural renderings. greeting cards, posters. books, graphic novels. storyboards. business. technical communications. magazines. tee shirts. video games, tutorials. and newspapers. A cartoon image may provide a sense of levity to a storey or essay.

  1. Elster, Charles; Simons, Herbert (1985), "How important are illustrations in children's readers?", The Reading Teacher, International Reading Association, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 148–152, JSTOR 20199036
  2. "What does it mean to be an illustrator?". Retrieved 2016-03-08.