Illustration research methods

Gannon, Rachel and Fauchon, Mireille (2020) Illustration research methods. Bloomsbury. 224p. ISBN 9781350051430 (In Press)


Illustration Research Methods is a dedicated theoretical text offering a discipline specific vocabulary to explore the processes and methods languages through which illustration operates. Proposing ‘illustration’ to be considered as holistic processes consisting of a range of project appropriate interpretative and creative practices rather than simply a finished outcome, the book is structured into five core chapters which places the illustrator in a specific role – author, educator, activist, craftsperson and reporter. The content of each chapter then outlines and discusses a range of methods surrounding that theme ranging from ethical and philosophical considerations, practical processes, materiality and making. The book features work by a range of different illustrators to demonstrate different models of practice. In writing the text we also endeavored to offer an example of critical writings on illustration, written by illustrators in such a way as appropriate to behaviors of the discipline (as also identified in the book) , for example ‘illustrative’ writing; creative writing, storytelling, evocative description etc.

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