@xin-li said in What makes a good illustration?:
lighting, perspective, value, composition, etc. Working to improve drawing things in perspective, or making more dynamic composition is just building up your toolbox for storytelling. I think there is a set of parameters, but it is not like a set of hard rule, it is very contextual, depending on the story, and your intended readers.
In terms of stylistic approach, you need to keep some kind of consistent rules of how you stylize characters and objects. This is to make the world you are presenting believable to the viewers.
"Is good drawing as important as artistic interpretation?" I thin
love your insights on this. This is a question I always wonder too. I have a friend who won NYT bets illustrated PB award, her opinion is that story's much more important than illustration and should always comes first. For illustrators, if illustration does not tell an interesting story or opinion, it is nothing but fine art that amuses the artist himself/herself. Of course she is really awesome at illustrating too.
Would like to hear more perspectives on this topic.