The line of distinction between these three art forms becomes more blurred every year. NFT (Non-Fungible Tokens) art has taken some simple cartoons and elevated them to the price and stature of original Warhol’s. Consequently, I remind myself of the original classifications which are based upon application. Cartoon: a relatively simple depiction of an often humorous situation. Illustration: an image, picture, or drawing that helps to clarify a text. Fine art: a graphic, painting, or picture that is focused on expressing intrinsic beauty.
I produce original cartoons, illustrations, and fine art. I do not use clip-art. If the use of photography is appropriate, I either shoot it myself or use royalty free stock. For realistic commissioned oil paintings / portraits, I work from reference photographs. For commissioned abstracts, my wild imagination is the source. My paintings are done on gesso board.