This "quick lit trend" is a writers right hand in the industry. It's a trend used to create a story on the outside of the book and sometimes inside as well. Yes it's all about; "illustration!"
Illustration-is a displayed visualization form presented as a drawing, painting, photograph or other work of art that is created to elucidate or dictate sensual information (such as a story, poem or newspaper article) by providing a visual representation graphically.
Notable figures of the early century were John Leech, George Cruikshank, Dickens' illustrator Hablot Knight Browne and, in France, Honoré Daumier. The same illustrators contributed to satirical and straight-fiction magazines, but in both cases the demand was for character-drawing that encapsulated or caricatured social types and classes.
The American "golden age of illustration" lasted from the 1880s until shortly after World War I (although the active career of several later "golden age" illustrators went on for another few decades). As in Europe a few decades earlier, newspapers, mass market magazines, and illustrated books had become the dominant media of public consumption. Improvements in printing technology freed illustrators to experiment with color and new rendering techniques. A small group of illustrators in this time became rich and famous. The imagery they created was a portrait of American aspirations of the time.
As the literary community and the arts continues to evolve, so will illustration. Many illustrators are still doing it the old fashion way, but with a twist; computers! It's amazing how "illustration" has grown throughout time, and with that, every year comes something new and fresh. It's something that comes with time change.
The way we at "Diva's House Of Literary Coffee" see it; illustration will never go away, because there will always be someone who will need a book cover or illustrations inside of their book.
What a trend and a classic one at that!
By: Literary Diva of Blogtalk Radio
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