Illustration renaissance

What is it with contemporary illustration? It just won't follow form. Illustration was never meant to be this cool, this sought after, this in vogue. But it is. After a decade climbing the ranks following a period as underdog, illustration now sits as top dog.

Illustration has come a long way since the dark days of the last decade, when dusty illustrators gathered in dusty corners of unfashionable pubs during the mid-90s to bemoan the death of the industry, gripe about the lack of commissions and complain about their shoddy treatment at the hands of mercenary art directors with their diminishing respect for the craft of illustration. In 1995 illustration couldn't get arrested, and to call yourself an illustrator was career, creative and commercial suicide. Illustrators were the bottom rung, the short straw, left out in the cold and uninvited to the party.

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