So you have to write an illustration essay! Well, be happy about that, because illustration essays are the easiest types of essays to write.
We all know how to do something that we can explain, step by step, to our reader, right/ Well, that’s what illustration essays do—they illustrate how to do something complex that, perhaps, no one else knows how to do or something that you can teach someone how to do.
Good things to think on are any interests you have that you have a lot of enthusiasm for. If you are enthusiastic about your topic, this will shine through to your reader.
Are you an excellent cook, for example, and you could teach your reader how to prepare, say, something complex, that you could lengthen out to four or five pages—perhaps a complex pasta dish? A fancy, molded cookie? You want to pick something complex enough that the steps and ingredients are extensive.
Another good area to consider are arts and crafts. You do not necessarily want to pick something that you cannot easily describe—like how to knit a scarf—because that would require pictures describing the stitches.
Let me tell you about the best illustration paper I ever wrote. When I was in college, we were assigned this paper topic—except my teacher called it a “How To” essay. We were to teach our reader how to do something we knew how to do well, so I picked egg art, a very complex Christmas ornament art that I could really explain with vivid details. It ended up being six pages long instead of four but it was really outstanding.
Here are some other ideas for Illustration Essays