Illustration – a key to enhance children book’s attraction

The art of illustration is a branch of graphics, and its history is closely connected with the history of the book itself. However, graphics exist inside as well as outside the book, as a completely independent art of drawing and engraving. But this independent development of it in the form of a special field of fine art, along with painting and sculpture, begins relatively late. By this time, the book, then still only handwritten, had existed for many centuries, had gone through a complex development, technical and artistic, and had accumulated diverse and high examples of book art.

Book illustrations have to reckon with the specific features of the book, with the two-dimensionality of the book strip, its format, the nature of the font, the layout method, the quality of the printed paper, the color of the printing ink, etc.

Initially, manuscripts were illustrated by hand-painted. After the invention of typography, illustrations gained the opportunity to be replicated and took their rightful place in book graphics. Such books were very expensive and quite rare, inaccessible to most ordinary people.

The word “graphics” was originally applied more to writing than to drawing; it began to designate a special type of fine art quite recently. It is not possible to define this type of art with words as unambiguously and simply as painting or sculpture. Its differences from painting, which likewise uses a pictorial surface, are not obvious. The sheer volume of this concept is highly variable. It is very narrowed down when they try to find a definition for graphics that is unambiguous and clear. On the contrary, they expand, trying to grasp everything that is accepted now attributed to graphic arts in everyday life, in exhibition and museum practice, in publishing.

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But then it turns out to be very difficult to explain what exactly makes it possible to combine with this term such different phenomena as a pencil sketch from life and a printing photographic poster linking the image with the text; company or heraldic sign and engraving with a chisel reproducing a pictorial original; drawing of a font intended for recruitment and book illustration.

Narrow and broad understanding of the term illustration

Apparently, this problem can be approached in two essentially different ways. First, try to determine what “graphicness” is as the fundamental quality of an image as opposed to. Not all graphics can turn out to be graphic in this case, but graphicness in other cases will be found in painting or in ornament. But in this way one can hope to affirm a certain pole, an extreme point to which all the “graphic” gravitates and around which different types of graphics are grouped in one way or another. Secondly, to try to understand the motives for referring specifically to the schedule of certain forms of pictorial or symbolic creativity, to trace how these forms developed and separated, what factors – semantic, technological, historical – do they relate to each other.

It is clear that in these two cases we differently understand the very task of determining, and as a result we get answers not to one but to two different questions: what is the graphic beginning as a general artistic principle and what is graphic art in its historical formation and development.

Illustration as any image explaining the text

In the narrow sense, illustrations are intended to be perceived in unity with any text. Book illustrations removed from the text can sometimes become obscure and inexpressive. The artist is required to become a co-author of the book, make the ideas and images of the writer visible, thereby helping to better understand the content, more specifically present the era, life, environment of the book’s heroes. But this does not mean at all that the illustration should be a simple graphic-graphic retelling of the text.

Nancy Yates

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