What is exactly an editorial illustration? Historically, this kind of work came from vintage magazines and at the beginning was pretty much for advertising, for social and political satire, or funny cartoons. Nowadays, when the printed and online media expanded dramatically, editorial illustration as well extended way beyond the world of politics or simple cartoons. Online or paper newspapers and magazines post & print illustrations together with their articles to highlight a conceptual element to engage their readers.
In my example above, the editorial illustration of two horses, mare and foal, can represent an article in either Farmers Market booklet, accompany text of natural history magazine, or be a good editorial addition to an article on motherhood and raising children in parenting newspaper.
Next example can serve as an editorial illustration for children’s periodicals or book for kids. This cute mouse is caught in action preparing for a long winter, building a nest; or hiding its home from the wild cats:
And the full realistic paintings of two Chameleons, one just a baby and another is quite sneaky an clever one, they tell their stories as well; and, certainly, would look amazing next to an article about behavior of these amazing cold-blooded reptiles: