Sometimes it’s some kind of narrative.
Forgive me for failing to know the names of these illustrators.
One gentleman in particular, the one that leads this short series of interview soundbites, describes fine art illustration as “(having) a sequential quality,” that “it’s really like fiction.”
With illustration, there’s a beginning & a middle & an end, and each picture has to somehow guide you to the next, have a hint, have something that makes you think, ‘Oh, yes,’ go back & make you think ‘that was the person in that window, & here they are.’
Not that it isn’t true (it is), but here’s another example of the terror of the word ‘comics.’ We all love how German, Japanese & other languages have these beautiful & exotic words that, alone, define a concept that in English needs a sentence to describe. Or two.
English HAS a word to describe the sequential series of illustrations that gives a literature-esque, narrative, storytelling effect.