llustration, in any number of colors, without lines has a feeling of
its own that is much different than one in which the lines are retained.
To be sure, there is a change in character when lines are either added
or removed. Without lines, the subject being drawn in whatever style,
seems more true to life. Certainly, much closer to reality than a cartoon.
With crisp linear definition between fields of color, the look is fanciful
like in a storybook. Lines certainly do add a visual strength that cannot
be achieved any other way. It is just not the strength of realism.
So, when thinking about style for the illustration that will support
the message of your next project, the "line decision" is a
good place to start. Generally speaking, someone will have to determine
which solution best relates to the copy. A good choice will effectively
support the copy's intent, thus furthering the impact and credibility
of what's being said.
whimsy to take the edge off of harsh reality
If I showed
the reality of a workaholic induced nervous breakdown, it would not
be a pretty site. Much less an image that would invite readability.
Since this illustration's message focuses on the surface dangers of
excessive computer use rather than specific medical cases, tongue-in-cheek
reality is a look that works well.