The truth of the matter is this: if you can illustrate really well, you can probably make it as a Graphic Designer. Case in point- Penelope Dullaghan. Her work is absolutely beautiful and can be seen in editorial layouts, typography, icon and logo design... common platforms for Graphic Artists alike. If your work can transcend a computer- you've definitely got an edge in the Design world. Her work makes me want to go back to school to spruce up my illustration skills! I may never be able to draw like this, but I can certainly incorporate more hand-drawn elements into my future design projects. Theres something admirable about a designer who's willing to take risks with their designs- and illustration is a way of putting yourself out there on a more personal level. And the payoff is great- look at what great work can come of it!
An illustration alone can tell a story- and not always in a literal sense... pretty clever ideas here!