A Companion to Illustration: Art and Theory

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Alan Male
John Wiley & Sons, Apr 9, 2019 - Art - 688 pages

A contemporary synthesis of the philosophical, theoretical and practical methodologies of illustration and its future development

Illustration is contextualized visual communication; its purpose is to serve society by influencing the many aspects of its cultural infrastructure; it dispenses knowledge and education, it commentates and delivers journalistic opinion, it persuades, advertises and promotes, it entertains and provides for all forms of narrative fiction. A Companion to Illustration explores the definition of illustration through cognition and research and its impact on culture. It explores illustration’s boundaries and its archetypal distinction, the inflected forms of its parameters, its professional, contextual, educational and creative applications. This unique reference volume offers insights into the expanding global intellectual conversation on illustration through a compendium of readings by an international roster of scholars, academics and practitioners of illustration and visual communication.

Encompassing a wide range of thematic dialogues, the Companion offers twenty-five chapters of original theses, examining the character and making of imagery, illustration education and research, and contemporary and post-contemporary context and practice. Topics including conceptual strategies for the contemporary illustrator, the epistemic potential of active imagination in science, developing creativity in a polymathic environment, and the presentation of new insights on the intellectual and practical methodologies of illustration.

  • Evaluates innovative theoretical and contextual teaching and learning strategies
  • Considers the influence of illustration through cognition, research and cultural hypotheses
  • Discusses the illustrator as author, intellectual and multi-disciplinarian
  • Explores state-of-the-art research and contemporary trends in illustration
  • Examines the philosophical, theoretical and practical framework of the discipline

A Companion to Illustration is a valuable resource for students, scholars and professionals in disciplines including illustration, graphic and visual arts, visual communications, cultural and media and advertising studies, and art history.

 

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Contents

The Paradigm of Illustration 1
3
The Theory Character and Making of Imagery 19
19
Framework and Methodologies
47
Drawing the Stories
85
Influences From
102
Sequential Momentum in Childrens
140
Education and Research
161
What is the Nature of Illustration Expertise?
185
On the Epistemic Potential of Active Imagination in Science
330
The Symbiotic Dilemma of the Childrens Picture Book Maker in
354
Framing Questions and Modes of Inquiry in Illustration
378
Illustration and the Production of Knowledge
400
The Meaning of Illustration in Early NineteenthCentury America
422
Historical and Philosophical Relations Between the Uncanny
444
A Semiotic Analysis
467
Contemporary and PostContemporary Practice
493

A Deconstruction
199
Research Methods Design Thinking and Authorial
229
Putting Theory into Practice
250
Context
275
The Illustrators Role in Contemporary
305
Developing Creativity in a Polymathic Environment
515
The Polymath Principle in the TwentyFirst Century
554
Race Perception and Responsibility in Illustration
570
Index
623
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Alan Male is Professor Emeritus, Falmouth University, UK. He is an internationally recognized academic, writer, illustrator, and lecturer on communication, historical and cultural studies, and professional illustration practice. Professor Male is author of Illustration: A Theoretical and Contextual Perspective, Illustration: Meeting the Brief, and The Power and Influence of Illustration. He has won numerous international awards and has illustrated more than 170 books.

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