thinking aloud

A Journal Through Creativity

07
May 2019
I started this blog as part of my MA in Illustration, (programme of Art and Design). Therefore, it will reflect my research and practice, and academic learning. In addition, I am an animal advocate, and my goals for illustration revolve around that and some existential wondering. This is also for anyone who may be seeking an ally in illustration for advocacy. TELL ME MORE
16
May 2019
Studying research and practice became easier as I did it; I became more comfortable with the language and terminology of research, and connecting research to learning, through practice and back to research again. The more I enjoyed it, the easier it became easier to focus on a particular part of research. I have struggled with focus. I go through highs and lows with it, unable to focus or sit still followed by periods of deep hyperfocus. It is helpful to recognise this and the triggers for getting me out of periods of procrastination. Because of this, I crave peer group... TELL ME MORE
14
May 2019
Case studies are a way of exploring the work of inspiring illustration and illustrators. Investigations can reveal how marks were made, what medium was used and can give insight into expereinces and motivations of established artists. Exploring examples is a crucial part of the research process.  E.H. Gombrich explains changes in style, through art history, as one consequence of artists learning from each other. Herring, et al. (2009) conclude, '... that examples are a cornerstone of creative practice ...' The following is a case study investigation into the work of Henrik Drescher. Aims of research The aim of this case... TELL ME MORE
07
May 2019
Movement: One topic, different perspectives   Movement. What do you think of when you hear, read or say the word movement? Word connections can help generate ideas around a topic like this. This mini-project proposal looks at ideas for research in to movement and acts as a catalyst to trigger new thinking.  Proposal summary If we consider the concept of movement in picture books, it is there in the illustrations and characterisations, in the shape and line and form of the drawings. Movement is visible through composition and position, repetition and scale on the page. Wavy lines, blurs and character... TELL ME MORE
06
May 2019
Idea generation is vital for progressing an idea, for developing illustrations and illustrative style. Ideas develop through research which inspires practice, and in turn, experimental practice acts as another form of research. Pecha Kucha is a form of presentation that takes the form of 20 slides, each on screen for 20 seconds with an accompanying narration. Here, that format presents examples of idea generation and experimental practice for research. TELL ME MORE
06
May 2019
Steve Baker contributes to the essays in the book, Representing Animals by Nigel Rothfels (ed) (2001) What does becoming-animal look like? By Steve Baker Baker’s thinking is significant; he is an artist and academic. He is Emeritus Professor at University of Central Lancaster, and he is interested in how animal advocate artists think and make their work. (Baker 2019) This book is interesting to the illustrator and animal advocate. As an image maker I am part of society that describes our culture’s knowledge of animals. Consequently, I am looking for analysis, academic and conjectural, about how creativity and animal rights... TELL ME MORE
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Apr 2019
Investigation and research through practice Practice-led and practice-based research What is practice-based research? In context of creative arts, practice-based research is an approach to research that involves creative practice and the reflection on the outcomes of that practice. For example, the outcomes may involve art and drawing, music, poetry, performance, or other creative making. Inquiry and observations are critically documented and combine with the artefacts, the outcomes of practice, to help prompt new thinking, help generate new ideas and new insight. This knowledge and understanding may implicate new creative practice for researchers and for others. In practice-based research, the outcomes... TELL ME MORE
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Apr 2019
What is research? Research is an investigative process that guides the researcher toward new learning and insight. For the illustrator, these research processes can involve practice-based and practice-led research This exploratory type of research is unlikely to yield a yes or no answer; research rooted in practice is often phenomenological, exploring information that doesn't have a measurable result. Discoveries can be evaluated but are open to interpretation.   This approach which includes qualitative evaluation, is very well suited to a creative enquiry and one of the great advantages of creative research is that it allows for play, experimentation and imagination... TELL ME MORE
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