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Spot Illustrations!




Today we will learn about "Spot Illustration".


Definition: 

"A spot illustration is a small free-floating motif, usually with no background. In picture books spots are particularly useful as visual addenda to the main narrative." (John Shelley, Words and pics

 

"The idea concerned spot illustrations—the cozy little drawings of, say, a fork, a chair, or a window dotted with hanging plants—tucked into long sections of text. " (Sarah Larson, The New Yorker)


"These are small, simple illustrations to liven up a page with text. They’re usually a quarter of a page or less with little or no background. Spot illustrations can be placed as a chapter heading, corner decoration, or next to or within a body of text. They are often black and white or done in a sketchy style." (Karen Ferreira, GetYourBookIllustrations )

"Spot illustrations are meant to be read." ( Meg Robichaud, Shopify UX


Video tutorials:

1.- Illustration Masterclass - Creating Spot Illustrations (56:40 min)

 


2.- Editorial Illustration with Dan Matutina 



3.- Behance Narrated Ep 10: How to Be an Editorial Illustrator | Adobe Creative Cloud

 


 

Examples:

 1.- Spot illustrations for the one-page guide section of New York Magazine.

by Lalalimola/Sandra Navarro 

Spot illustrations for the one-page guide section of New York Magazine.  by Lalalimola/Sandra Navarro

2.- Wired Spot Illustrations

by Tom Jennings 

Wired Spot Illustrations  by Tom Jennings


3.- Washingtonian: George Washington Quotes

by Britt Spencer

Washingtonian: George Washington Quotes  by Britt Spencer


4.-  Editorial spot illustration for AARP The Magazine.
by Brad Cuzen 

Editorial spot illustration for AARP The Magazine. by Brad Cuzen


4.- Commissioned Spot illustrations
by Nahuel Bardi

Commissioned Spot illustrations by Nahuel Bardi

5.- "Here's a bunch of drawings from five issues of Highlights Magazine. Since January, I work on each issue to add a bunch of doodles and little spot illos to the pages."

by  Sebastian Abboud

"Here's a bunch of drawings from five issues of Highlights Magazine. Since January, I work on each issue to add a bunch of doodles and little spot illos to the pages."  by  Sebastian Abboud

6.- Spot Illustration for The New Yorker.

by Kyle Webster

Spot Illustration for The New Yorker.  by Kyle Webster


7.- Hoodzpah: Nike “Commitment to L.A.” Lettering & Illustrations





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want learn more?

Check the new project   Illustration dot lol - Editorial illustrations from around the world
by Shane Zucker @shanezucker
 
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 Also you can check Spot/Editorial Illustrations at the feeds of:

Behance.


Dribble.


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