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Definition of Illustration


  1. The act of illustrating; the act of making clear and distinct; education; also, the state of being illustrated, or of being made clear and distinct.
  2. That which illustrates; a comparison or example intended to make clear or apprehensible, or to remove obscurity.
  3. A picture designed to decorate a volume or elucidate a literary work.

Illustration Quotations

The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself. The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their powers in attempting to portray its features. Language and illustration combined must fail.
John Wesley Powell

What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character?
Henry James

The generic Canadian style of illustration is different from the generic American style.
John Kricfalusi

Social equity is based on justice; politics change on the opinion of the time. The black man's skin will be a mark of social inferiority so long as white men are conceited, ignorant, unjust, and prejudiced. You cannot legislate these qualities out of the white - you must steal them out by teaching, illustration, and example.
John Boyle O'Reilly

In any art, you don't know in advance what you want to say - it's revealed to you as you say it. That's the difference between art and illustration.
Aaron Siskind
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Illustration Translations

illustration in Dutch is illustratie, verluchting
illustration in German is Abbildung {f}
illustration in Norwegian is illustrasjon, belysning
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