Illustration, Authorship and the Polymath Principle

Male, A (2012) Illustration, Authorship and the Polymath Principle. In: CONFIA, First International Conference on Illustration and Animation, December 2012, Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave, Portugal.

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Abstract / Summary

‘Illustration: Meeting the Brief’ (Bloomsbury 2014):
‘We are beginning to see a return of the Polymath Principle, in other words, an illustration practice that exudes authority and a breadth of intellectual skills and learning … illustrators will have wide ranging and in-depth knowledge of subject matter and acquire an esteem driven ownership for their work. Examples might be new or original knowledge embedded in their work, literary authorship for fiction, documentation, journalism and commentary’.

This work presents originally-defined criteria and a framework for their implementation. The paper covers three contexts of visual communication practice: ‘Knowledge Exchange and Research’, ‘Commentary’ and ‘Narrative Fiction and Creative Expression’. ‘Polymathy’ is widely endorsed by the creative and communication industries as a growing and relevant currency for employability. The paper analyses ten case studies, each representing a contemporarily relevant advocacy for this multi-disciplinary and creative ownership approach to illustration practice.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Arts > Illustration
Depositing User: Alan Male
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2013 14:20
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2023 13:15


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