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. So, this is also for anyone who may be seeking an ally in illustration for advocacy. TELL ME MORE
09
Mar 2019
Do you have something to say but you don’t know how to say it or where to start? If you write or draw then you already have all the skills you need - you just need to find your voice, because speaking up can be hard to do. Firstly, it is important to recognise that illustration is a form of speech; we can use it to talk about issues and ideas and reach a broad audience. Illustration uses elements of communication, like writing, to convey ideas about the world we live in. I began to think about this after hearing... TELL ME MORE
12
Mar 2019
Why think about creativity, why think about anything at all? First, let's consider, what is critical thinking? Critical thinking is about asking questions, it is about taking an analytical approach to thinking about what to believe in; it's about thinking about what you think, what you hear, what you read and what you see. It is a way to illuminate bias, stereotyping, to quantify and qualify ideas and hypotheses. These ideas can be scientific or ideological, mathematical or philosophical, scholarly or everyday; everything benefits from a critical thinking approach. Critical thinking is a tool, a skill that makes us ask... TELL ME MORE
20
Mar 2019
INTRODUCTION TO EXPLORING MEANING IN IMAGES As image makers and advocates, it is important to understand what we say when we draw,when we make an image. Intent to make a positive piece of work, with positive messages may not be enough. To demonstrate, we can choose to make images with closed messages, unequivocal in meaning yet an audience may not see what we intended. If, as an animal advocate, an illustrator wants to make positive work, then it can be helpful to critically examine illustrations to try to understand them, what they are and what they say, and how they... TELL ME MORE
19
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
23
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
03
May 2019
INTRODUCTION TO EXPLORING MEANING IN IMAGES As image makers and advocates, it is important to understand what we say when we draw,when we make an image. Intent to make a positive piece of work, with positive messages may not be enough. To demonstrate, we can choose to make images with closed messages, unequivocal in meaning yet an audience may not see what we intended. If, as an animal advocate, an illustrator wants to make positive work, then it can be helpful to critically examine illustrations to try to understand them, what they are and what they say, and how they... 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
06
May 2019
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. Idea generation is vital for progressing an idea, for developing illustrations and illustrative style. Ideas develop through research, experimental practice and linking research with practice. It is important to not self-censor at the start of a process; if an idea occurs then note it, in word or image. TELL ME MORE
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