Illustration: A Theoretical and Contextual Perspective

by Alan Male

Alan Male is an illustrator, educator and writer. Since 1993 Alan has been head of the BA Illustration program at University College Falmouth, UK, and has lectured throughout the United States. He was conferred Professor of Illustration in 2009 and is now Director of Study for researchand a member of the School of Art and Design Professoriate at Falmouth. Alan has won several awards (gold from the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and a Texas 'Bluebonnet' for children's books) and is a regular contributor to magazines and journals. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2017
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    978-1-4742-6304-7 (epdf)

    978-1-4742-6302-3 (paperback)

    978-1-4742-6305-4 (online)
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    Second Edition
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Illustration: A Theoretical and Contextual Perspective is a comprehensive guide to contemporary illustration. It provides readers with an understanding of the theory, research, conceptual processing and contexts involved in illustration practice.

This book describes a variety of definitions and philosophies of illustration, together with a relevant historical overview.

Illustration introduces the notion of the illustrator as a socially and culturally aware communicator: an able professional with knowledge, understanding and insight regarding the context within which they are working and the subject matter that they are engaged with.