• The act of illustrating something.
In visual communication, an illustration is a visual aid used to communicate ideas, concepts, instructions or processes. It is a combination of art and information that aids or complements data. An illustration as opposed to a text explanation can improve perceptibly and thus helps the viewer understand the topic better.
Alphabet Chart. (Image source)
From minimal geometric shapes to elaborate detailed drawings, illustrations are made in a range of styles based on it’s intended purpose. They are used in the print and digital, media and publishing in various forms like posters, flyers, magazines, books, teaching materials, animations, video games and films.
‘Sandesh’ cover art by Satyajit Ray. (Image source)