Illustrations: Analogue, digital and mixed techniques
In more traditional (analog) illustration, classic tools like pencils, colored pencils, ink, crayons, watercolors, gouache, or acrylic paints are used to create drawn or painted illustrations. This approach allows artists to work directly on physical media, creating a sensory experience. The feeling of pencil on paper, mixing colors with brushes, the texture of the surface, the scent of paint all establish a special connection between the artwork and its creator. Analog illustration often requires more time and planning since mistakes are harder to correct. Nevertheless, it allows for spontaneous experimentation and the development of a certain level of craftsmanship, a skilled hand that is reflected in the final works.
Digital illustration replaces analog tools with programmed brushes that initially paint more evenly and with full color coverage. However, digital tools offer a wide range of brushes and effects, providing high versatility and efficiency in illustration. The ability to use layers makes it easier to create complex scenes and edit different aspects of the artwork separately. Digital allows for greater flexibility in color selection, line thickness, transparencies, layout, etc., and is particularly advantageous in the post-processing of illustrations.