Even before a child learns to speak a language, one can begin to understand the world around them through pictures.
Sudarshan Vig, CEO of Merlinwand, said, “The physical world around them in the early stages may be bounded by the house or region where they live, but drawing, painting and illustrations open them up to a kind of awakening that teaches them about the full range of emotions and knowledge of the world, in fact, of the universe”. Vig further shares points on how illustrations help in the overall development of children:
Exposure not only to colors, but also to their application and visual cues during initial learning makes it easier for a child to remember things. Early color recognition helps develop a cognitive link between visual information and words. It enhances their creativity, allowing them to express themselves.
Everyone remembers A for Apple and B for Ball because of the visuals that were attached to it when they first learned about it. Since the illustrations can be language-independent, they are a perfect teaching method, regardless of language skills. In fact, teaching the language in the early stages is highly recommended using visual aids like illustrations.
Easy on memory
A common technique for improving memory is to imagine the content in your head. Looking at the illustrations increases attention and concentration, allowing information to reach the subconscious and imprint itself in the memory.
Illustrations are fun
The main difference between images and illustrations is that the illustrator has the freedom to enhance, exaggerate or even tone down a situation. The variety of illustration styles and the freedom to choose colors make this an apt representation of free will. It also enhances the viewer’s imagination as there can be visual freedoms an illustrator can portray (pigs flying through the air, aliens and cowboys having a picnic)!. Once the limits of the imagination are pushed back, it fuels creativity and therefore innovation!
Helps teach complex concepts
When hard-to-grasp educational concepts are combined with illustrations, they become surprisingly simple. Think of the space-time continuum, quantum mechanics, or even philosophies like existentialism; they can be used as a medium for telling stories or jokes that tell you exactly what a concept means without having to try to explain the meaning.
Foundations of Design Thinking
The world is moving towards an era where design thinking shapes consciousness. Everything should be intuitive with minimal human assistance; this is where design thinking comes to the fore of all skills. The foundation of good design thinking comes from the appreciation of art, illustrations, and the creation of these.
Nothing tells a story like an illustration
Imagine a world without Spiderman, Batman, Tintin, Amar Chitra Katha, and graphic novels like Watchmen and V For Vendetta. They have become a powerful medium for storytelling because they can have a much bigger impact on readers than just words. In fact, teaching and pedagogy use visual storytelling as a way to better understand students.
Illustrations bring books to life, making them more effective at capturing children’s attention. They play a crucial role in children’s learning and overall growth, as they help them understand the world around them.