Comparing Photography and Digital Art

It’s a strange idea, I know, to compare photographs with illustrations, but I had the idea and ran with it, and this article is the end result!

I have tried to find photographs and illustrations with similar or identical themes. Of course, the illustrator has a freer hand – anything they choose can be included in the illustration, whereas the photographer has to either set up the shot or take opportunistic shots which are not flexible in terms of content.

Here are 10 photographs with 10 corresponding illustrations – see what you think!

Comparing Photography and Digital Art

Waterlily

Photograph: Waterlily

Waterlily

Illustration: Flowers

Flowers

Splash

Photograph: Lemontini

Lemontini

Illustration: Lemon Splash

Lemon Splash

Oriental Girl

Photograph: Oriental Girl

Oriental Girl

Illustration: Daydreamer

Daydreamer

Hair Adornment

Photograph: Natural History

Natural History

Illustration: Red Earth

Red Earth

Buddhist Monk

Photograph: Novice

Novice

Illustration: Golden

Golden

Gnome

Photograph: Gnome

Gnome

Illustration: Sad Gnome

Sad Gnome

Kiss

Photograph: Kiss

Kiss

Illustration: Kiss of Love

Kiss of Love

Eating Grapes

Photograph: Enjoying the Grapes

Enjoying the Grapes

Illustration: Bunch

Bunch

At the Station

Photograph: SKC-Train

SKC-Train

Illustration: Hua Lamphong Station

Hua Lamphong Station

Elisha Cuthbert

Photograph: Elisha Cuthbert Wallpaper

Elisha Cuthbert Wallpaper

Illustration: Elisha Cuthbert

Elisha Cuthbert


So what do you think? Photography or illustration? Of course, there is really no comparison – they are different mediums usually aiming at different results, but it was a fun project to compare a few examples!

Please leave any comments below.

carol

I am a purveyor of graphic design, photography and general inspiration on the internet. I spend lots of time browsing and try to bring the best of my finds so you don't have to search for inspiration.