An illustrator is an artist who draws the pictures in a book. Some children’s book authors are also illustrators, while others work with an illustrator.

Picture books have to be well-written and well-illustrated: it’s up to an illustrator to interpret the story through pictures (or illustrations). Illustrators sometimes also draw or paint pictures for comic books, advertisements, magazines, greeting cards, and graphic novels. In the 16th century, an illustrator was “one who enlightens,” from a now-obsolete meaning of illustrate, “light up.” The Latin root is illustrare, “light up,” and also “adorn.”

Definitions of illustrator
  1. noun

    an artist who makes illustrations (for books or magazines or advertisements etc.)

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    Hablot Knight Browne

    English illustrator of several of Dickens’ novels (1815-1882)
    George Louis Palmella Busson du Maurier

    English writer and illustrator; grandfather of Daphne du Maurier (1834-1896)
    Charles Dana Gibson

    United States illustrator remembered for his creation of the `Gibson girl’ (1867-1944)
    Howard Pyle

    United States writer and illustrator of children’s books (1853-1911)
    Norman Rockwell

    United States illustrator whose works present a sentimental idealized view of everyday life (1894-1978)

    commercial artist

    an illustrator who is supported by advertising
    type of:

    artist, creative person

    a person whose creative work shows sensitivity and imagination

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