I'll show you how to critique a feelustrated novel, or write one.

Feelustration is a subtle art, but the concept is brutally simple: Pictures in a novel should not depict the story.

That's right. Pictures in a novel should not depict events in the text.

Here's an example, a simple bit of dialog. An illustration of this scene (a girl talking to her father) would be boring. So the scene is not illustrated; it's feelustrated.

I pouted prettily. "Daddy, I'm turning sixteen. Will you give me a nice car? I think a Mustang convertible would help me make new friends."

Daddy smiled and wrapped an affectionate arm around me. "Sweetheart, I found the perfect first car for my little girl."


A story has a body (the events) and a soul (their meaning.) Illustration depicts the body. Feelustration depicts the soul.

A feelustrated novel is not a graphic novel. In a graphic novel, the words explain the story's soul while the pictures show its body. In a feelustrated novel, the pictures explain the soul by showing it in a different body.

For example, imagine a scene of dramatic betrayal, a drug dealer calling the police to snitch on his partner. An illustration of this scene, a man holding a phone, would be boring. Instead, the scene should include a feelustration of a man holding a knife.

Feelustration is new. It's fresh, it's young, and it's begging for it. Home

Image Credits
Tractor image by Dimitris Vetsikas.
Eye by mkarco.

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