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Illustration Research Methods By Rachel Gannon (Kingston University, UK)

Illustration Research Methods by Rachel Gannon (Kingston University, UK)

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Illustration Research Methods by Rachel Gannon (Kingston University, UK)

For years illustration has lacked a strong critical history in which to frame it, with academics and media alike assessing it as part of design rather than a discipline in its own right. Illustration Research Methods addresses this void and adds to a fast-emerging discipline, establishing a lexicon that is specific to discussing contemporary illustration practice and research. The chapters are broken down into the various roles that exist within the industry and which illustration research can draw from, such as 'Reporting' and 'Education'. In doing so, users are able to explore a diverse range of disciplines that are rich in critical theory and can map these existing research methodologies to their own study and practice. Supported by a wealth of case studies from international educators, student projects sit alongside those of world-renowned illustrators. Thus allowing users the opportunity to put what they have learnt into context and offering insight into the thinking and techniques behind some of illustrations' greats.

About Rachel Gannon (Kingston University, UK)

Rachel Gannon is an illustrator, educator and currently Course Leader for the BA Illustration Animation course at Kingston University, UK. She has written and presented for Varoom Magazine, Illustration Research and Association of Illustrators Journal. Her practice as an illustrator professionally has seen her work for The Guardian, The Natural History Museum, Tate Modern and Conde Nast. She has worked at numerous educational institutions including Camberwell College of the Arts, Norwich University of the Arts and University of East London, and is currently External Examiner for the BA Graphic Design and Illustration course at Liverpool John Moores University. Mireille Fauchon lectures at the Royal College of Art, London and is commissioning illustration editor of Ambit Magazine. She is completing a practice-based PhD at Kingston University, UK. Her practice is ultimately concerned with visual storytelling and the documenting of local history and social and cultural narratives.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Illustration research Definitions Illustration as process Identity Language and terminology The principles of illustration practice Shifting roles - an expanded practice Can illustration ever be authorless? A social practice Research into, through and for illustration - a framework for categorising methods Rigour in illustration Originality in illustration 2. Authorship Tell me a story Narrative components Narrative inquiries - different ways of thinking of narrative research The autoethnographic illustrator Adaption and interpretation Picture visual research Illustrative writing 3. Reporting Illustrator as reporter This is research How to Drawing from life Sketchbooks Listening Observation A multisensory lifeworld Walking Me you and everyone else Is this real Reporting the news 4. Crafting Illustration and craft, a happy marriage? 'I already know what I'm going to do' The meaning in the mark Tools of the trade The meaning of material The stuff of life Illustration as object, 3d, physical and virtual form The illustrated object or the object illustration? Collected Fabricated Immaterial technologies 5. Activism Am I political? Power play An informed practice The visual identity of protest Detournement The illustrators joke Who do you think I am? The meme Future visions Illustration as event Models of behaviour 'How can I help you?' 6. Education What is your philosophy? What is an education space? Signature pedagogies Shop talk Learning through illustration Residency as method Documents of experience Illustration-based research Data visualisation The language of reliability Interactive illustration 7. Illustration futures Appendix Proposals Working with others Interviews Reflective practice Positioning Who benefits? Legacy Informed consent Illustration research

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Illustration Research Methods by Rachel Gannon (Kingston University, UK)
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