The Death of "Old School" Illustration

  • by mshelton - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 10:54

I was last commissioned to create a published illustration in 2014 (see illustration above). In fact, it's been even longer since anyone has solicited me for editorial renderings to run in publications or advertisements of any type. Certainly I'm bit rusty in that regard, and like most designers and illustrators I've fully transitioned from print to digital based production--trading in our mechanical pens in for any host of Creative Cloud applications. These days many publications in particular are operating exclusively online and typically employ various forms of stock photography and information graphics to run with a given article.

Some would argue that information graphics have honestly replaced traditional illustration in supporting editorial narratives, but I personally view these offerings as nothing more than "tricked out" image icons. Yes, it's true that I am an often uninspired contributor to the digital design revolution, for I have contributed greatly to the info graphic revolutions too. Nevertheless, I can and will knock off the dust from my mechanical pencils and graphite sticks to answer the call of any editor interested in running an "old school" illustration with his or her article.