The Difference Between Illustrator and Fine Artist

fountainThe distinction lies in the fact that art is the idea (brought to life) while an illustration is a depiction (or explanation) of an idea.
Fine Art is simply art for art’s sake. Even if you are doing a commission for a client, it would still be fine art.  But illustration is illustrating a story or idea.

In modern illustration the intent is most often the selling of a product.  When something noble is put to ignoble ends, there is a deterioration of value.

Artists use art to communicate thoughts, feelings and ideas.

Art directors give creative direction on a number of projects, including advertisements, CD jackets, billboards, websites and magazine layouts. They also manage other artists.

Multimedia artists and animators create images for use in movies, TV shows and computer games. They create animations and special effects.

Fine artists include occupations such as painters, sculptors, sketch artists, cartoonists and illustrators. They create original works of art using many different tools.

Craft artists make handmade objects to be sold or showcased in galleries and museums. Such objects include jewelry, rugs, art glass and quilts. Craft artists may use recycled objects to create their handmade items.

Illustrators, as previously stated, are fine artists who specialize in illustration. Illustrators create images for use in publications, such as books, magazines and images for commercial products.


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