In order further understand what is expected from the illustration that I must do for the magazine cover about steampunk, I have done a bit of research on the use of illustration, what types of it there are, and which is the most appropriate type to use.

Illustration, in the simplest terms, refferes to any form of design (artistic or not) that depicts a scene, object or person through any sort of media (although, illustrations are often done on flat surfaces in a mostly 2D fashion.

The creation and use of illustrations has been used since the medieval times as a form of art and visual information, with paintings, prints and other forms of media available during that time. Over time, more and more types of illustration have been created with the constant improvement and creation of new types of artistic media, causing somewhat of an evolution of what types of illustration can be made throughout time.