A powerful example of Artistic License with Illyana Rasputin, Magik of the X-Men

Comic Art Terms – Artistic License

Artistic License means an artist is accorded leeway in his or her interpretation of something, and is not held strictly accountable for accuracy. It can be used to denote the distortion of fact, alteration of the conventions made by an artist to improve a piece of art. This can mean the omission of details, or the simplification of shapes and color shades, even to the point that the image is nothing more than a pictogram. It can also mean the addition of non-existing details, or exaggeration of shapes and colors.

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