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Illustration Art

More than one century has passed since the appearance of the first manuscripts. Illustration (a drawing with the help of which written text is supplemented, explained or decorated) is approximately as old as them. The first illustrations were miniatures that were subsequently replaced by woodcut images, engravings, and lithographs. For illustrators of that time, the process of creating pictures was much more complex than for modern authors: their capabilities were limited, and the process itself took too much time.

With the development of printing, illustration became widespread. Those were not only books, but also numerous periodicals – newspapers, magazines, and all sorts of almanacs that needed decoration. Illustrated children's books were in great demand. In the century when various printed materials became the main source of information, many artists earned their living through illustration and quickly achieved success.

The constantly improving printing process allowed creating real masterpieces: not just black and white miniatures, but full-scale color pictures. The works of many illustrators are rightfully considered outstanding examples of the classics of art, despite the fact that illustration can rather be attributed to the "low" genres, as well as caricature that is related to it. Over the past hundred years, a lot of outstanding Russian artists created illustrations, such as Vasnetsov, Bilibin, Benois and others. Their graphic art is highly commendable, and the images they created are easily recognizable, famous and popular all over the world.

Famous Russian illustrators

Despite the prevalence of electronic media, which are certainly convenient and capacious, many readers prefer good old printed sources. Penchant for good, beautifully designed books is inextirpable in society. Nasturally, children's literature is in particularly high demand. For children and their parents, it is especially important that the text is complemented visually.

These days, the names of contemporary Russian illustrators are included on the lists of the best artists of the world. Many of them create beautiful illustrations for children's books: wonderful fairy-tale pictures that you want to look at and spend a lot of time trying to find characters of your favorite works in them. When creating their artworks, illustrators use a variety of artistic methods and techniques, from traditional to modern ones. Masters of the past used paints and pencils, charcoal and pastel. When it comes to modern creators, their choices of means are not limited: familiar tools can easily be combined with graph editors, cameras and tablets. For talented artists, there are no limitations and restrictions, and their creative search often results in real masterpieces.

Russian illustrators are people of different ages – very young ones or, on the contrary, those who have already made it in the professional field and won recognition from the public. It's worth mentioning one of such masters, known not only in Russia, but also abroad –talented graphic artist and painter Gennadi Spirin. Despite the fact that he left his homeland quite a long time ago, it was here where his career began. Spirin's works are wonderful worlds, unique magical illustrations for well-known books.

Usually, young graphic artists combine traditional art and modern technology. Their pictures can boast of the dynamism and originality, a rave of colour and the uniqueness of the images. Max Kostenko, Denis Zilber, Vladimir Kazak, Masha Yakushina and many others are artists of the new generation, each of whom works in their unique, unmistakable style.
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