Abstraction and creativity are some of the most powerful tools of an illustrator. But sometimes, sticking closely to reality is just as valuable — maybe even more so.
Meticulously capturing every detail of a subject often results in very impactful illustrations that immediately grab the viewer’s attention. That’s why naturalistic illustrations work great for packaging and editorial content. They pull the viewers in and provoke their curiosity — often pointing them to details they might have missed otherwise.
Another way to leverage the power of naturalistic illustrations is in portraits. Drawing portraits is a centuries-old discipline, and it’s obvious that an illustrated portrait has a much bigger impact than a photograph.