In an essay of 1000-1200 words, sum up your own thoughts and reactions to the progress of American illustration. As in Project 3, illustrate your essay with relevant images from the class or from your own independent research. Remember to caption the images. Use the example from Project 3 as your guide.
Focus on what we covered in the class and consider the following questions as you assess what you've learned:
Progress and change: How has American illustration developed over the course of the 20th century? What are some of the major trends that you can identify? American illustrators’ aim has always been to effectively communicate with their audience and deliver the intended messages of their clients. With that being said, evolution of style and technique has been necessary in order to connect with the public. Depending on what is happening within the country politically, economically, and socially, dictates the aesthetic the country is drawn to. Documentary/journalistic illustration became a viable career path for artists in the 1850s through the 1930s. Artists would document and illustrate current events for newspapers and magazines. Photography was invented in the late 19th century, but it wasn’t heavily utilized by newspapers and magazines until the late 1920s because the technology was still growing. Before film and photography were readily implemented into society, illustration was the only means to visually document the real-world events of the time. Combat artists were hired to create rapid, on-site sketches of the war to visually document history. These images were later fine-tuned and printed in newspapers and magazines to give the American people an idea of what is going on from a first-hand perspective.
The most exciting time in American history to be an illustrator was from 1880-1910, The Golden Age of Illustration due to the dramatic expansion of publishing. The Civil War and its aftermath created the need for publishing and...
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