This project will investigate the representation of animals and the real lives of animals in reference to their illustrated selves. This project sets out to make a book – or other outcome – that exploits a (Western?) cultural knowledge of illustrated wild animals through a traditional visual text, i.e. a popular children’s picture book. to Specifically this project aims through research and visual communication to raise awareness of real animals and the threats to their lives and habitat such as climate change, hunting, and deforestation.
This project will ask if and how the traditional representation of animals supports or is detrimental to the lives of real animals in context of practice. Specifically, and as example, this project will examine the role and representation of the wolf or wolves in picture books and other illustrated examples. How does anthropomorphism influence the illustrator and the reader?
Through history and contemporary contexts, this project will investigate the practice of depiction of the picture book wolf and examine how she or he is perceived.
This project will consider similarities with the representation of humans. For example, the movement to change the way girls and boys are shown in picture books so that those representations don’t repeat the discriminatory messages in society. History can show us that, for example, that racism and gender bias in society is reflected in literature – in children’s literature. Could these examples enlighten on issues of speciesism in illustration?
February 18, 2019
August 31, 2020
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Work my way through the Creative Project Work/Play book steps 1-6. This begins with exploring my idea, in context of me and my aspirations and its value to others. Questions guide me so be sure to work through them all. Use the review points. Examine resources including my abilities, skills, equipment and time. Step 6 will, “extend or focus and confirm or challenge’ the project at this point. This stage will generate sketches, mind-maps, keywords and connections.
Review and reflect from previous module. This is when to start developing characters and the storyline. Importantly have a clear storyline to inspire and to lead the project but remain flexible. Illustrations may in turn inspire dialogue or change int he story. Above all be clear on the direction, the message and the motivation of the story.
How many pages is the book? What size is it? landscape or portrait? Will it have words or not?