Love of the vector and visual representation in digital illustration. Illustration has a powerful role to play in design, capturing the essence of its subject in a heartbeat, yet providing a world of information for its intended audience. The popularity of Manga (Japanese comics) is testament to this fact. The images of these graphic novels are meant to be "read", not glanced at, giving them the same depth of meaning as the printed word. Digital Artwork and Illustrative Design, from a studio serving Ballarat, Melbourne, and Victoria. The love of illustration began with a vector for Stephen Franklin. Having always drawn with traditional media such as pencil and marker pen, it was an introduction to Adobe Illustrator that set his creativity free. Being able to experiment without restriction, as is characteristic of digital illustration, opened many artistic possibilities. When a client presents a brief that can benefit from a graphic illustration it is important to remember the support role it plays. Presenting visual keys to complex data with information graphics or bringing form to abstract ideas through stylised artwork. Maps, technical and scientific illustrations, even fantasy art all have the same task, providing a visual representation of a creative concept. When approaching a piece of graphic artwork, working to find the most succinct way to present your creative concept is the driving aim at Stephen Franklin Design. This is evident in the illustration portfolio examples presented below. Let us know what you think.