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Illustration: then to now - Fabulous Noble

This article gives a quick summary of illustration through the ages and it’s evolution from cave paintings to digital. It focuses on the progression of narrative illustration and its rise in the 17th-19th centuries and it’s decline and rebirth throughout the 20th and 21st century. 

It has provided me with a collection of renowned names such as William Hogarth and Arthur Rackman through to Reynold Ruffins and Julian Opie and how these individuals and others have influenced the advancement of illustration.

In particular in looks at the advent of photography and its impact on the industry and how the “evolution of computer software such as Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator have allowed for the reinvention of illustration”

My argument is that although software has enabled a growth and change in illustration, will societies love of ebooks and technology in general be detrimental to the illustrators art.

Is the advent of new media the beginning of the end for traditional narrative illustration? 

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