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Netting jellyfish: A point of view on illustration research from the United States and Canada

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As researchers in illustration continue to develop what some call ‘illustration theory’, the need for a meta-perspective grows. What is illustration research? Who is doing it? Why are we doing it, and how? What opportunities, needs and pitfalls exist? Focussing on activity in The United States and Canada, this article offers a conceptual model of ‘illustration research’ in which three domains of current activity are surveyed: that of practitioners, that of connoisseurs and that of scholars. Strengths and weaknesses of each area are discussed, and suggestions regarding purpose and needs are made. A reference list representing work from the three domains follows.
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Keywords: Canada; United States; conceptualization; field; history; illustration; research; scholarship; theory

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: State University of New York

Publication date: 2012-03-01

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  • The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice is the official organ of the Writing Purposefully in Art and Design (Writing PAD) network. It offers art and design institutions an arena in which to explore and develop the notion of thinking through writing as a parallel to visual discourse in art and design practice. The journal aims to extend the debates to all national and international higher educational art and design institutions.
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